• Increased formal training sessions on child endangerment for law enforcement • Increased high-visibility enforcement • Law enforcement briefings from family services and prosecutors • Proper and mandatory documentation and reporting of child endangerment • Increased law enforcement recognition • Training for prosecutors, judges and attorneys • Traffic safety resource prosecutors
• Provide sample case packets for attorneys • Continued and increased court monitoring • Increased public awareness • Funding for additional research • Change the definition of a child to age 16 and under
Since the original Child Endangerment Panel convened in 2002, motor vehicle crashes continue to outrank all other injuries and diseases as the major cause of death for children ages 1 and above. The Centers for Disease Control found that one in five deaths of child passengers are caused by drunk drivers 3 and most often (64 percent of the time 4 ), they are passengers in the impaired driver’s vehicle. MADD and other safety advocates must remain vigilant in efforts to save the lives of children endangered by drinking and drugged drivers, propelling this issue to a national priority. It is the Panel’s conclusion that this may be accomplished through the efforts and recommendations outlined in this report. 1 out of 5 child passenger deaths are caused by drunk drivers
64% are being driven by the drunk driver
3“ Child passenger deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers,” Kyran Quinlan MD, MPH, Ruth Shults, PhD, MPH, Rose Rudd MSPH, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, Atlanta 4 “Characteristics of Child Passenger Deaths and Injuries Involving Drinking Drivers.” Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), May 2000.
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