GREEN BAY - Reportedly, most child safety seats in Wisconsin aren't correctly positioned. State officials say as many as 80-percent are installed improperly. Often that's because of how difficult they are to install, but now there's a new effort to keep children safe. FOX 11 found out two familiar faces are leading the way. One's a Driver. The other a Walker.
At the Wisconsin DOT's office in Ashwaubenon Friday, Governor Scott Walker shared a scary statistic.
"The number one killer in America of kids up until age 12 is car accidents," Walker.
FOX 11 did a fact check and confirmed the governor's information with a study from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Walker told us part of the problem is that many parents don't install safety seats correctly.
"That doesn't do you any good when there's an accident, so make sure you've got them in safely," said Walker.
So the governor and Packers wide receiver Donald Driver demonstrated the right way to install a safety seat. They also promoted a new video from the DOT that gives parents step-by-step directions. Driver, a father of three, reminded parents most children up to age eight need a safety or booster seat, whether they like it or not.
"Strap them in the booster seat! You've got to realize, they realize you're the parent and if you tell them it's safety and 'this is gonna save your life,' I think kids understand that," said Driver.
Driver told FOX 11 a friend of his lost a daughter in a car accident, so safety in the car hits close to home.
"No one knows if she would've been wearing a seat belt if she would've lived or not, but we know she lost her life not wearing a seat belt and now that's something that's personal to me," said Driver.
Driver told us because of this he never forgets his seat belt, which serves as a lesson for his own children.
'If they see their mom and dad buckle up, we know we're setting a good example for them," said Driver.
The DOT is providing its new child safety seat video to hospitals which will, in turn, give those DVD's to parents of newborn babies.
Click here for state regulations on child safety seats.
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