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Joe Morrissey
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Casey McNulty
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW YORK STATE DMV AND GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE DATES AND TIMES FOR FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH FEBRUARY 27
Free Inspections Available in Livingston, Niagara, and Saratoga Counties in February

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today announced that free child car seat inspections and assistance are available to parents and caregivers in Livingston, Niagara, and Saratoga Counties during the month of February. As part of a year-long safety initiative, state and local police agencies and various community safety partners will be offering free child car seat inspections by certified child passenger safety technicians, along with help finding the right car seat for their child's age and size.

"New York State offers this free service to better protect our children when traveling," said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. "Properly installed car seats can greatly reduce the risk of death and injury during a crash, so I encourage motorists to use this opportunity to make sure children are properly buckled into their car seats before hitting the road."

The goal of the campaign is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children (birth-12 years) in the right car safety restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster seats, and seat belts) for their age and size, and to ensure the safety restraints are properly used and installed by parents and caregivers.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children one to 13 years old, but research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shown that child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars.

Below is a listing of child safety seat checks available through February 27:

February 16
Child Safety Seat Check - Saratoga County
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Clifton Park Halfmoon Ambulance, 15 Crossing Blvd., Clifton Park, NY 12065
Agency: New York State Police
Appointment Required
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258

February 20
Child Safety Seat Check - Niagara County
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lewiston #2 Fire Company, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Agency: Lewiston Police Department
Contact: Officer J. Cain at (716) 754-8477

February 20
Child Safety Seat Check - Livingston County
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Livingston County Emergency Services, 3360 Gypsy Lane, Mount Morris, NY 14510
Agency: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County
Contact: June Webster at (585) 472-6971

February 25
Child Safety Seat Check - Livingston County
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Geneseo Fire Hall, 133 Main Street, Geneseo, NY 14454
Agency: Geneseo Police Department
Contact: Daniel Piedmonte at (585) 243-2420

February 27
Child Safety Seat Check - Saratoga County
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
New Country Toyota, 202 Route 146, Mechanicville, NY 12118
Agency: Cornell University Ext. of Saratoga
Contact: Cynthia Dort at (518) 885-8995 or (518) 424-8340

NHTSA has the following recommendations for purchasing and using child safety seats:

A recent survey by NHTSA found that the following are the five most significant and commonly observed mistakes made by parents and caregivers when using and installing car seats and booster seats:

A NHTSA survey also revealed that 20 percent of all drivers of child passengers did not read any instructions on how to properly install their child restraints, yet 90 percent felt "confident" or "very confident" that their car seats and booster seats were installed correctly.

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