Kansas Motor Carriers Association Makes Donation to Kansas Highway Patrol

Trucking organization donates child safety seats to KHP

This is good news.  The Kansas Motor Carriers Association on Tuesday made a donation to the Kansas Highway Patrol in an effort to protect the most vulnerable people on highways: children.

KMCA donated 105 child safety seats to the patrol as part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs Sept. 16 to 22. This is the 13th annual donation.

The seats will be dispersed among the patrol’s seven troop headquarters, then given to those who are least able to afford them.

Patrol superintendent Col. Ernest Garcia said he has had “a deeper appreciation” for child safety seats since his grandson was born about 18 months ago. Many troopers, he said, have worked accident scenes involving young children.

“That’s something these troopers will never forget,” he said.

Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. for children between the ages of 3 to 6 and 8 to 14, the patrol says. Using the proper child safety seat can substantially decrease the chance of death or injury to children if they are involved in a vehicle crash.

Tom Whitaker, executive director of KMCA, said safety is the first priority for the Kansas trucking industry, and donating child safety seats as part of its partnership with the highway patrol is the association’s way of helping people who share the road with its trucks to stay safe.


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