Kentucky Ranks Poorly In Child Safety

Kentucky is one of the leading states in the number of accidental, preventable injuries and deaths of children. That's according to a report released Monday by the group Safe Kids Worldwide.

Only five states, including West Virginia, fared worse than Kentucky.

Emergency personnel call this time of year the start of the pediatric trauma season. While it's impossible to watch all children all the time, the grim reality is more than 2100 children through age fourteen died around the country from injuries. Many of those could have been prevented.

Leaders of Safe Kids Worldwide call for stricter laws on seat belts, helmets, life jackets and other protective gear.

They say it's up to parents to set a good example.

From May to August 2004, nearly two and a half million children were rushed to emergency rooms from accidental injuries.


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  • by English Teach Location: Lexington on May 1, 2007 at 11:57 AM
    Note to SPIKE LEE: I do not think typing skills have anything to do with your terrible spelling or the lack of grammatical expertise. Even a one fingered typist can certainly perform well enough at the keyboard to spell the words correctly. On the other hand, you are right that it is everyone's responsibility for children, BUT the responsibility lies first with the parent(s). Unfortunately, too many parents would rather be a friend to their children than a responsible parent who oversees what they do, why they do it, where they do it and when they do it. Most parents these days have no clue what their kids are up to and when someones tries to intervene, they get offended. Sorry, I don't want the government intruding in my life to raise my kids; that is my job! If neglect is involved, then yes, the government can and should get involved.
  • by Laura Location: Ashe on May 1, 2007 at 11:05 AM
    I agree with the reasonable person. Parents and caregivers are responsible for making sure our kids stay safe. I can't tell you how many times I've driven in town or on the highway and saw kids jumping around the back seat, climbing from the back seat to the front seat, or even worse, sitting on lap of the driver or front passenger while the car was moving! I'm not sure if the next statement is law or not however, if a child is going to ride and ATV they should be at least 12 years old and be required to wearing a helmet.
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX. on May 1, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    NOTE TO REASONABLE PERSON:FIRST OF ALL SIR I'M A TERRIBLE TYPIST,I WASN'T TAUGHT THAT AT A PRIVATE SCHOOL IN NJ(H.S)AND DIDN'T LEARN HOW TO TYPE AT THE UNIV.OF FLA.I APOLOGIZE YOU NOT UNDER STANDING MY PHRASE. IN SIMPLE TERMS,IT MAKES ME SICK TO SEE WHAT AND KNOW WHAT I KNOW.YES,ALOT OF THINGS BEGIN AT HOME BUT OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND YOU GOT AN OBLIGATION.IN GOD'S EYES WE ARE ALL ACCOUNTABLE FOR EACH OTHER.FOR THE RECORD, I'D BE WILLING TODAY TO PUT MY EDUCATION RECORD UP AGAINST YOURS.BUT THANKS FOR CRITICING ME,NEXT TIME I WON'T BE IN SUCH HURRY AS IF I CAN REALLY TYPE.I AM THANKFUL TO YOU FOR PROOF READING MY POST.LOVE YA BIG GUY.
  • by Reasonable Person Location: Lexington on May 1, 2007 at 08:14 AM
    Note to Spike Lee: It is the job of parents and guardians to keep children safe, not the government. Quit blaming politicians for parents not doing their job of protecting their children. Also, please go back to school. Your ramblings show the true problem in KY; education. Please tell me what this statement means in your post..."THIS SHOULD MAKES WANT TO CALL RALPH(BARF)." It makes about as much sense as your entire post.
  • by Kentucky Joe Location: Morehead on May 1, 2007 at 05:57 AM
    And mark my word, the majority of preventable injuries to children will be from riding ATVs when they are definitely under the age of what is considered legal to be riding them. Parents who let their children ride ATVs should be charged with negligence if the child gets injured. Even if the child is not injured, they need to be charged just for letting their child(ren) ride ATVs. They are not a toy and parents need to understand that aspect. If you see a child riding one of these, don't be afraid to report it. You may be saving that child from serious injury or death. It's not being nosey; it's being responsible
  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY. BB Location: LEX on May 1, 2007 at 05:30 AM
    I AM SICK AND TIRED OF BEING INSULTED BY THE POWER OF THIS STATE.WE LEAD THE COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO BASKETBALL AND HORSE SUPPORT.BUT WE CAN'T LEAD WHEN IT COMES TO SAFETY FOR THE PEOPLE,ESPCIALLY OUR KIDS. THIS SHOULD MAKES WANT TO CALL RALPH(BARF). ALL THEY DO AT THE CAPITOL IS SIT IN THE ANNEX CAFE DRINK COFFEE TALK ABOUT BB,ETC. THEIR ISSUES GOING NOW THAT NEED EXPEDITIOUS TENDING TO.THE CAT LAW FOR STARTERS.THE CURRENT GOV.CANDIDATES AREN'T TACKLING THIS MATTER IN THEIR COMMERCIALS. PERSONALLY ,I DON'T CARE TO HEAR ABOUT MATTERS THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR THE LAST 10 YRS.WE NEED TO DEAL WITH THE NOW TO MAKES US ALL SAFE.LET'S NOT WAIT TILL AN AFFLUENT PERSON'S LOVE ONE IS KILLED.COME ON FRANKFORT LET'S BE A LEADER IN THIS AREA INSTEAD OF SPORTING EVENTS.THIS IS MY RESPECTFUL REQUEST.THANK YOU.

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