Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board (DCTSB) announce National Child Passenger Safety Week is September 16th – 22nd, 2007. The goal of National Child Passenger Safety Week is to bring public attention to the importance of safely transporting children. Parents and caregivers of children are encouraged to have their child safety seat checked for proper installation at one of the fifteen participating agencies located throughout the county.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “More than 80% of all child safety seats nationwide are installed incorrectly. To assist families throughout the County and ensure our children are properly protected, we have secured funding through our Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board (DCTSB) from the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to help make sure every child safety seat is properly installed in our community.”
Studies have shown most parents believe they are using child safety seats properly. It is estimated however that four out of five children are improperly restrained and for every child killed in a car crash, about 125 others are injured.
According to William C. Johnson, Administrator of the DCTSB, New York State’s Occupant Restraint Law requires all children under the age of four (4) to be restrained in a child safety seat that meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Also, New York State law requires children between the ages of 4-7 who are 4’9” or less to be properly restrained in booster seats, and ALL passengers under the age of 16 must be belted while in the rear seat.
County Executive Steinhaus, the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board and supporting members of the Child Passenger Safety Coalition encourage parents to utilize local professionals and take 15 minutes to assess their child’s safety in the family car. “National Child Passenger Safety Week is a perfect time to check the installation of your child safety seats,” said Steinhaus.
Child passenger car seat checks can be arranged at the following agencies throughout the year: (appointments are required)
- The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, contact Deputy Kirk Imperati at 486-3872
- Fairview Fire District, contact Craig Elderkin at 452-8770
- City of Poughkeepsie Police Department, contact the Traffic Unit at 451-4131
- City of Beacon Police Department, contact Joel Ingold at 831-4111
- Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, contact Lt. Ed Cox at 486-7801 x216
- Town of Hyde Park Police Department, 229-9340
- Town of Fishkill Police Department, contact Florence Burke at 831-1110
- Town of East Fishkill Police, contact 221-2111
- Hudson River Community Health /WIC, at 452-6478
- Alamo Emergency Medical Service, contact the Health Call Center 471-1611
- Arlington Fire District, contact District headquarters at 486-6304
- Lagrange Fire District, contact Lt. Jeff Kaiser 452-4998
- Millbrook Fire Department, contact Ed Donnelly at 677-3871
- New Hackensack Fire Department, contact Frank Paulo 297-3897
- Pleasant Valley Fire Department, contact Tom Murphy 635-2117
Parents and caregivers can also locate a Certified Technician by logging on to the DCTSB’s website at http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/TrafficSafety/TSIndex.htm. Click on the “Child Passenger Safety Seat Check Location” link to be directed to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) website (http://www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us/t-2.htm.)
“Thanks to all of our partner agencies and car seat safety technicians throughout the county who are committed to providing this valuable service to our families. A simple 15 minute car safety seat check could mean a child’s life is saved,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.
The Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board is a coalition of law enforcement, education, health and human service agencies and individuals committed to ensuring the streets, sidewalks, and residents of Dutchess County remain safe. DCTSB’s slogan is “SAFETY – Do Your Part”.
For more information about the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board, visit http://www.dutchessny.gov/ or call (845) 486-3602.