Florida parents depend on day care centers to follow proper safety procedures at the facility and during any transportation. It was recently reported that the owner of a Boynton Beach, Florida day care center has been charged with child neglect after a police officer saw her drive a minivan full of children not wearing seat belts. Abagail Denson, the owner of Abby’s Little Angels, was arrested Friday and also charged with driving an unregistered vehicle. Denson had six children, between the ages of two and four, in the back of her van without proper restraints. The Department of Children and Families is investigating further.
Passengers in a car crash are much more likely to be killed if they are not wearing a seat belt. Seat belts protect people from being thrown from a vehicle. If thrown from a vehicle, the risk of death is five times greater. That is why Florida has seat belt laws. The law states that the front seat passengers must wear seat belts. In addition, all passengers under 18 years old must wear a seat belt or be otherwise restrained by a child car seat. It is against the law to operate a vehicle if all the passengers do not meet these standards.
Children three-years-old and younger must be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat. Children four through five must be secured by either a federally approved child restraint seat or safety belt. The driver of the vehicle is responsible for buckling up the child. For more information on this topic, see Florida daycare owner charged with neglect.