‘Please Slow Down’ signs available at Marketplace

The No. 1 cause of child fatalities in the six-county region served by the Northeast Colorado Health Department is motor vehicle crashes. More children ages 5-19 die from crash-related injuries than from any other type of injury.

Many of these deaths can be prevented. The best way to keep children safe in the event of a motor vehicle crash is to always buckle children in age-appropriate and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats and seat belts. It is also important for adults to be role models by buckling up as well. Seat belts do save lives.

Another important step all drivers can take is to slow down, especially when traveling through residential neighborhoods. Be extra cautious when driving in areas where children are walking or playing.

NCHD is working to increase awareness and prevent child injury in northeast Colorado by partnering with multiple local businesses to provide free yard signs that families can put in their yard to remind drivers to slow down because children might be playing in the area.

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