Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus, the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board and the members of the Dutchess County Child Passenger Safety Coalition encourage parents and caregivers to take advantage of "National Seat Check Saturday" to ensure child safety seats are properly installed. This Saturday, September 25th, the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board will have certified technicians available to provide free hands-on child safety seat inspections and advice from 10:00AM – 3:00PM at the Mid Hudson Plaza, located across from Marist College, on Route 9 in the Town of Poughkeepsie. The event is being held as part of Child Passenger Safety Week, which is September 19-25, 2010.
“It’s the responsibility of every parent and caregiver to make sure their children are safely restrained – every trip, every time,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “We are urging everyone to get their child safety seats inspected. When it comes to the safety of a child, there is no room for mistakes.”
Although the majority of parents buckle up their children in child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts, unfortunately nearly 3 out of 4 child safety seats are not used properly, creating grave risk when traveling. The hands-on instruction from certified technicians helps ensure parents and caregivers are correctly utilizing these important safety devices.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research, 8,959 lives have been saved from 1975 to 2008 by the proper use of child restraints. In 2008, among children under age 5 in passenger vehicles, an estimated 244 lives were saved by child restraint use (child safety seats and adult seat belts).
“NHTSA’s Child Passenger Safety Week campaign focuses on increasing awareness of these issues, and provides parents and caregivers with resources and information to better protect children from motor vehicle crash risks,” said William Johnson, Dutchess County Traffic Safety Program Administrator
In New York State, all children under the age of 8 years old must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system, while riding in a motor vehicle.
For a child safety seat to do its job right, it has to be:
Appropriate for the child’s age and size;
Installed properly in the vehicle; and
Adjusted to fit the individual child securely.
Additionally, another important child safety rule is all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.
“Take just a few minutes out of the weekend to ensure your child’s safety seat is properly installed and ready to protect your child if ever needed,” concluded County Executive Steinhaus.
For more information on child safety seats or to find a nearby child seat inspection station, visit http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/TrafficSafety/TSIndex.htm .