Conventional wisdom holds that people choose their life's work based largely on their nature. That reasoning falters, however, when applied to Robert Sanders, M.D., FAAP, on the 20th anniversary of a legislative victory that shaped America's perspective on safety.

Dr. Sanders, 69, was the leading proponent of the Tennessee Child Passenger Protection Act of 1977, the first U.S. law requiring children ages 4 and younger to be buckled in safety seats while riding in a vehicle. All other states eventually followed the lead of Tennessee — and Dr. Sanders.

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