On Sept. 24, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office will join the Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, local law enforcement, local officials, and community advocates to kick off National Child Passenger Safety Week. This celebratory event will honor Dr. Robert Sanders, the Murfreesboro pediatrician known as “Dr. Seat Belt” due to his extraordinary role in the passage of Tennessee’s Child Passenger Protection Act in 1977.
Tennessee was the first state to pass a child passenger safety law. Tennessee’s Child Passenger Protection Act required parents to secure infants and young children in child restraint systems meeting federal safety standards. The law went into effect in 1978, sparking legislative efforts in other states across the nation. On September 24, a historical marker will be unveiled to commemorate Dr. Sanders and the implementation of this legislation 40 years ago.
WHAT: “National Child Passenger Safety Week” Celebration
WHEN: Monday, September 24, 2018
WHERE: Rutherford County Health Department
Director Vic Donoho - Tennessee Highway Safety Office
Commissioner David W. Purkey - TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security
Colonel Dereck Stewart - Tennessee Highway Patrol
Deputy Commissioner Michael Warren, MD, MPH, FAAP - TN Department of Health
Charles E. Goodman, Jr., MD