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Julie Philbrook, Published June 20 2009

Thanks for help on safety bill

I want to express my gratitude to Brynn Duncan and her family, the staff and students of Robert Asp Elementary School, and their many friends and family members for their help in passing Minnesota’s new child passenger safety law. Many organizations have worked together for the past seven years to increase the age a child needs to be in a car seat or booster to age 8.

With the help of the Duncan family, who drove to St. Paul several times to testify for the bill, as well as classmates, teachers, family and friends writing to their legislators asking them to “Buckle up for Brynn,” it finally passed.

Thanks also to Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, who, after hearing about the spinal cord injury Brynn sustained due to an improperly worn seat belt, signed on as a co-author to the bill.

Your voices were heard at the Capitol and because of all of you, children who ride in a motor vehicle in Minnesota are safer. Starting July 1, children under age 8 must be in a car seat or booster.

For more information about the new law and child passenger safety tips, go to www.buckleupkids.state.mn.us.

Philbrook, RN, is trauma prevention specialist, Hennepin County

Medical Center, Minneapolis.