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Injury Prevention

Unintentional childhood injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for young people. Overall, in Sonoma County, there were 361 hospitalizations and 16 deaths due to unintentional injuries among children ages 0-20 in 2003.

Falls and motor vehicle collisions (including bicycle and pedestrian) are the leading cause of hospitalized and fatal injuries. The Childhood Injury Prevention Program (CIPP) and Safe Kids Sonoma County conduct countywide projects aimed at reducing unintentional injuries among children.

Featured Projects

Sonoma County Safe Routes to Schools
Provides online resources and customized support while working with schools, parents, and the local community to give children an active, healthy start and end to the school day, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the health of the community and the environment.

Safe Kids Sonoma County
A coalition that helps connect parents and caregivers with the safety resources they needinformation, safety tips, current research, workshops, and classes.

Provisional License Action Network
PLAN formed in 2002 as a county-wide network comprised of representatives from the Department of Health Services, law enforcement, the District Attorney's office, driving instructors, insurance offices, the media, and community members. The goal of the campaign is to prevent deaths and injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes among teens in Sonoma County.

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Child Passenger Restraints Requirements
California law requires that children ride properly restrained in a child safety seat, in the back seat, until they are six years old or weigh 60 pounds.

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Beth Dadko, Health Information Specialist, CIPP Coordinator
(707) 565-6681

Lynn Walton, Program Manager
(707) 565-6682

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