On April 6, 2013, Leopold Law, P.A. in partnership with Safe Kids Palm Beach County and Bridges at Boynton Beach, outfitted over 75 children with new child safety seats. The event is part of an ongoing campaign to promote child passenger safety in Florida and raise awareness on the importance of passing a booster seat law in our state. Over the past three years, Leopold Law has provided over 400 car seats to children in South Florida.
The event hosted at Saint John Missionary Baptist Church in Boynton Beach, FL offered families the opportunity to have their children sized for an age and weight appropriate child seat, donated by Leopold Law, P.A. Children outgrow most car seats at 40 lbs., and it is not safe for them to use an adult seat belt until they reach 4’9” tall usually between the ages of 8-12. Booster seats ensure that adult seatbelts fit a child correctly, securing the strongest parts of a child’s body, the bony pelvis and ribcage instead of the abdomen, spine, and neck. Booster Seats reduce injury by 45% compared to a seat belt alone.
Nayeli Martinez, Parenting Coach at Bridges at Boynton Beach/Pathways to Prosperity was one of the leaders who helped organize this community event. After the event, she stated, “Unfortunately, we realize that many of our families believe that protecting their children in the vehicle is out of reach. Financially speaking, they often think that a car seat or booster seat is out of the question. We try to provide car/booster seats for those that are in need but we have limited funding. Leopold Law made it possible for every parent that participated in Saturday's Booster Seat Giveaway to get back on the road knowing that their children were safe and that feeling is priceless.”
Florida remains one of two states that has not passed lifesaving legislation and currently has the weakest child passenger safety law in the nation. Proposed bills (HB 3/SB 66) are currently pending hearing in the Florida Legislature.