What Oklahoma Safety Leaders Are Saying
"Car crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for children in Oklahoma, and yet, we are the only state without a requirement for children over the age of 8 to wear seat belts in the rear seat. As the father of a two-year-old daughter who was killed in a car crash, the loss of one more child is unacceptable. It's time to act!"
-- Sheriff (ret.) John Whetsel, National Sheriffs' Association Traffic Safety Committee Chair, Choctaw
"AAA believes this is about protecting children on our roads. Oklahoma doesn't have a law requiring all young people under the age of 18 to be securely buckled, no matter where they sit in vehicles. It doesn't make sense to put young people at risk on the road. To dismiss it as a personal rights infringement - as some legislators have - is ludicrous. Oh behalf of AAA Oklahoma's 404,000 members, and for safety's sake, I implore our state leaders to correct this embarrassing gap in our law."
-- Jared Peterson, President, AAA Oklahoma
"Even with our army of safety professionals educating Oklahomans about the importance of 'buckling up,' we can't reach our goal of 'all children buckled up' without legislation. With a child restraint law for children ages 8-17, we could prevent the deaths and injuries of many Oklahoma children."
--Kim Gray, Director, Safe Kids Oklahoma
"In my 30 years in law enforcement, I've never unbuckled a dead person after a crash."
--Deputy James Caskey, Pottawatomie County Sheriff