It’s official! The Holidays are here… and LATISM wants to ensure that these holidays continue to be the most wonderful time of the year by promoting safe and responsible celebrations. A big part of this goal is creating awareness about keeping your family safe, particularly as we trek back and forth from the million and one fiestas taking place in our neighborhoods.
One thing that certainly puts a damper to the holiday spirit is the fact that our Latino community is one of the most at-risk populations for impaired driving, have lower use of seat-belts and one of the highest incidences of pedestrian fatalities.
Just take a look at the latests statistics, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Latinos make up 15% of the U.S. population, but make up 18.5% of pedestrian deaths
- Motor vehicle crash injuries are the leading cause of death for Hispanic children of all ages (after the first year of life)
- Hispanic children under 13 years old have a lower use of restraints such as child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts than non-Hispanic children
- Latino traffic fatalities are increasing at an alarming rate, much higher than the National average, and fatalities involving alcohol are rising as well
Tonight, and in honor of National Older Driver safety awareness week, you can help us bring some light to this issue – let’s make this National EVERY DRIVER Safety Awareness Week! I’m sure you have TONS of ideas on what can be done, please come share them with us!
- How can we create more safety awareness among the Latino population?
- What should be the priorities for reducing driving fatalities among Latinos?
- Do you think existing policies for driving safety are effective? What other policies would it be a good idea to implement?