2007 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Burton, Albritton, Browning, Carmichael, Chaney, Chassaniol, Clarke, Davis, Dearing, Fillingane, Frazier, Gollott, Gordon, Hewes, Jackson (15th), Jackson (11th), Jackson (32nd), King, Kirby, Lee (35th), Lee (47th), Little, Mettetal, Nunnelee, Posey, Simmons, Thames, White, Wilemon, Williamson

Senate Concurrent Resolution 562

(As Adopted by Senate and House)


     WHEREAS, unintentional injury is the number one killer of children ages 14 and under; and

     WHEREAS, each year, more than 5,000 children ages 14 and under die from unintentional injuries; and

     WHEREAS, emergency rooms experience nearly 2.4 million visits from children ages 14 and under each summer; and

     WHEREAS, 90% of these are preventable; and

     WHEREAS, 41% of these deaths occur during "Trauma Season," the months of May, June, July, and August; and

     WHEREAS, the risk areas which show the greatest seasonal surge in deaths and injuries between May and August, compared to the rest of the year, are biking, drowning, pedestrian, motor vehicle occupants and falls; and

     WHEREAS, Safe Kids Worldwide and Safe Kids Mississippi promotes childhood injury prevention by uniting diverse groups into local and state coalitions, developing innovative educational tools and strategies, initiating public policy changes, promoting new technology and raising awareness through the media; and

     WHEREAS, Safe Kids Worldwide, with the support of founding sponsor Johnson & Johnson, launches National Safe Kids Week 2007, "Make it a Safe Summer," which focuses on five of the deadliest warm weather risk areas of motor vehicles, drownings, pedestrian, biking and falls; and

     WHEREAS, Safe Kids Mississippi has planned special childhood injury prevention activities and community-based events for Safe Kids Week 2007 in an effort to educate families about summer safety:

     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby designate April 28 through May 6, 2007, as "National Safe Kids Week" in Mississippi, and call upon all the residents of this state to join in supporting the efforts and activities of Safe Kids Mississippi to prevent childhood injury.

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be forwarded to the appropriate child safety advocacy groups in Mississippi and the State Board of Education and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.