The Rutherford County Health Department, an office of the Tennessee Health Department, is seeking car seat donations for its February 4th Community Baby Shower in honor of Dr. Robert Sanders.
In 1977, Dr. Robert Sanders, a beloved pediatrician, successfully lobbied for the passage of the Child Passenger Protection Act, a Tennessee law that requires parents to properly restrain children under age four in federally approved car seats. It was the first law of its kind in the nation and the world. By 1985, all 50 states in the U.S. had passed similar laws. As a result, Dr. Sanders was widely known in Tennessee as “Dr. Seat Belt”. He received the 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow Achievement Award and the 2003 Distinguished Career Award from the American Public Health Association for his work.
Thanks to Dr. Sanders, tens of thousands of lives have been saved. Furthermore, a new awareness of motor vehicle safety resulted in mandatory seatbelt laws for adults as well.
In honor of his work, the Rutherford County Health Department will host a community baby shower on February 4, 2023 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. This free event will include hosted discussions and education and information other state and nonprofit support programs. Additionally, the event will include car seat checks and diaper bags filled with essential infant health and safety products.
The Rutherford County Health Department requested donations of new car seats for their community baby shower. In order to honor Dr. Sander’s impact and make a donation, contact Sydney Young:
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