New Booster Seat Law Will Save Children's Lives
Taking care of sick kids is what American Family Children's Hospital is all about. At the same time, our physicians, nurses and staff would prefer to never have to admit children into the hospital as a result of traumatic - but often avoidable - injuries.
So University of Wisconsin Children's Hospital (now American Family Children's Hospital) was among a strong coalition of child safety advocates calling for a new 2006 law requiring children up to age 8 to ride in a booster seat while riding in passenger vehicles. The previous law required booster seats until age 4.
"Motor vehicles are the No. 1 killer of children in our state and across the nation," says Tim Corden, MD, medical director of the UW Hospital and Clinics Critical Care Unit. "I got involved with this effort because I have cried with too many families whose children have been seriously injured or killed in a motor vehicle."
"I have seen way too many injuries to kids that could have been avoided," says Nan Peterson, RN, who also coordinates the Madison Area Safe Kids Coalition. "This new booster seat law will prevent more injuries than anything we can do in the hospital."
After months of hard work, the bill passed the Wisconsin Legislature and was signed into law in February 2006 at the UW Children's Hospital by Governor Jim Doyle.