Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

GTSC News
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Contacts:
Joe Morrissey
Joseph.Morrissey@dmv.ny.gov
Casey McNulty
Casey.McNulty@dmv.ny.gov

NEW YORK STATE DMV AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH END OF MAY
Free Inspections Available Throughout the Month of May

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 are available to parents and caregivers during the month of May in Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Livingston, Montgomery, Orange, Oswego, Schenectady, and Tompkins counties. As part of the Child Passenger Safety Program, state and local police agencies, along with various community safety partners, are offering free child car seat inspections by certified child passenger safety technicians. These technicians will use the model of "Learn, Practice, and Explain" to educate each caregiver on how to select a child restraint that will fit their child, fit their vehicle and be used correctly every time.

"New York State offers this free service to better protect our children when traveling," said Acting GTSC Chair and 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 GTSC's campaign is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children in the correct 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 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars.

In November, Governor Cuomo announced the alarming results of Child Passenger Safety Week seat check events, during which 88 percent of the 931 seats inspected were found to be improperly installed. Technicians found that only 112 had been installed correctly, which demonstrates the importance of learning how to properly install car seats and taking advantage of the state and locally sponsored safety check events. A NHTSA survey released in 2012 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.

Below is a listing of child safety seat checks available across the state from today until the end of May:

     
May 1 Child Safety Seat Check - Franklin County
10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Rite Aid, 289 West Main Street, Malone, NY 12953
Agency: Malone Village Police Department
Contact: Patrolman Nathan Preve at (518) 483-2424
     
May 2 Child Safety Seat Check - Erie County
4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Administrative & Regional Training Center Parking Garage and Classroom A
144 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Agency: Catholic Health of Buffalo - WomanCare
Registration Required
Contact: For Registration: (716) 447-6205
     
May 3 Child Safety Seat Check - Orange County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Stony Lonesome Fire Station, 1203 Stony Lonesome Road, West Point, NY 10996
Agency: Orange County Traffic Safety
Contact: Kecia Healy at (845) 800-4945
     
May 5 Child Safety Seat Check - Albany County
3:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Elm Ave. Park, 261 Elm Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
Agency: Town of Bethlehem Police Department, Albany County DPW Traffic Safety Education Program (Albany County Traffic Safety Board)
Contact: Commander Adam Hornick at (518) 439-9973
     
May 6 Child Safety Seat Check - Niagara County
12:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.
Tuscarora Health Center, 2015 Mt. Hope Road, Lewiston, NY 14092
Agency: Traffic Safety Office – Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Grace E. Destino at (716) 438-3190
     
May 7 Child Safety Seat Check - Oswego County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Oswego City East Side Fire Department, Enter from East Oneida Street, Oswego, NY 13126
Agency: ICP/Traffic Safety Board
Contact: Paul Conzone or BC Brady at (315) 343-2161
     
May 7 Child Safety Seat Check - Orange County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Village of Montgomery Senior Center, 12 Marrons Court, Montgomery, NY 12549
Agency: Orange County Traffic Safety
Contact: Kecia Healy at (845) 800-4945
     
May 7 Child Safety Seat Check - Columbia County
10:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Hudson Jr/Sr High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534
Agency: City of Hudson Police Department
Contact: Shane Bower or Lynne Finn at (518) 828-3388
     
May 12 Child Safety Seat Check - Montgomery County
4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
New York State Police – SP Fonda, 3003 State Highway 5S, Fultonville, NY 12072
Agency: New York State Police
By Appointment Only
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3257
     
May 14 Child Safety Seat Check - Clinton County
10:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Gander Mountain, Champlain Center North, 60 Smithfield Blvd., Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Agency: Clinton County Sheriff's Office
Contact: William Bush at (518) 565-4397
     
May 14 Child Safety Seat Check - Orange County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Harriet E Space Recreational Park, Charles D Cook Drive, Huguenot, NY 12746
Agency: Orange County Traffic Safety
Contact: Kecia Healy at (845) 800-4945
     
May 18 Child Safety Seat Check - Albany County
4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
State Police Latham, 760 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110
Agency: New York State Police
By Appointment Only
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258
     
May 19 Child Safety Seat Check - Schenectady County
1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.
Curry Road Plaza, 1400 Curry Road, Rotterdam, NY 12303
Agency: Rotterdam Police Department/Capital Region Safe Kids (Albany Medical College)
Contact: Sgt. Keith Collins at (518) 355-7331 Ext.272
     
May 21 Child Safety Seat Check - New York County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
NYC DOT (Safety City), 672 West 158th Street, New York, NY 10032
Agency: New York City DOT
Contact: Marjorie Marciano at (212) 839-4750
     
May 21 Child Safety Seat Check - Tompkins County
9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
The Cornell Grounds Shop, 307 Palm Road, Ithaca, NY 14853
Agency: Cornell University Police Department
Contact: Lisa Van Horn at (607) 255-7404
     
May 21 Child Safety Seat Check - Livingston County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Caledonia Village Fire Hall, 3095 Main Street, Caledonia, NY 14423
Agency: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County, Traffic Safety Education Program
Contact: Katelyn Sanders at (585) 991-5420

Parents and caregivers can also get proactive about checking their child's safety seat at home. NHTSA produced a series of videos, which are available on its website, that instruct parents and caregivers how to install rear-facing car seats, forward-facing car seats, and booster seats. Additionally, Safe Kids and NHTSA recommend the following Safe Kids checklist:

To make an appointment with a child seat inspection site near you, click here. Find more information on upcoming child safety seat checks near you. Ratings on all car seats.

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