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Three hours of mandatory road safety instruction for carers responsible for transporting children in Nebraska

Tres horas de seguridad vial infantil obligatorias para los cuidadores encargados de transportar a los niños en Nebraska

08/03/2017

In Nebraska, USA, children's road safety is a particularly sensitive issue. There, anybody who works in centers responsible for the care and transport of children must have successfully taken a three hour training course where they are taught how to travel safely with children.

A total of 253 children up to 4 years old were injured in traffic accidents in Nebraska in 2015.0 There were also 384 children between 5 and 9 years old registered as being injured for the same reason and 590 in the 10 to 14 age group, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

It could well be that this is not one of the most advanced states in terms of regulation. In Nebraska, children under 6 years old must travel correctly strapped in to a child restraint system (one that is federally approved), preferably on the back seat. Anyone from 6 to 18 years old should travel in a booster seat or wear a seat belt. This is not based on the child's height which is, without doubt, the best means of ensuring that a child can travel wearing a seat belt in the same way as an adult.

Notwithstanding, they have introduced an innovative measure that gives particular protection to the very young when those responsible for transporting these children are neither their parents nor family members.

Regulation 3-006.10C was specially designed for workers licensed to look after children in Child Care Centers. It obliges all workers who transport children to have already passed a course where they are taught how to do this safely.

The regulation came into effect on 20 May 2013. Its sole objective is to guarantee children's safety. The carers learn how to install a child restraint system correctly and the proper use of child seats in the center's cars.

The training is valid for five years. It can be provided subject to prior registration by Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County, Nebraska, a branch of Safe Kids Worldwide. The maximum number of participants is 20 with a minimum of 5. It is, of course, necessary to take the vehicle to the child care center to be able to work and practice with it.

It should be noted that all staff taken on prior to the regulation's introduction on 20 May 2013 have also had to be certified through this program. In fact, a time limit of one year was set for them to obtain certification. All courses run on this subject must be certified by the Nebraska Department of Health.

It is also important to point out that these workers must also obtain a certificate to show they have taken a training course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.


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