Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

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NEWS RELEASE

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JACKIE McGINNIS
Associate Commissioner
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Office of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 8, 2015

NYS DMV AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE DATES AND TIMES FOR FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH MAY 16
Free Inspections Available Across New York State Every Week Throughout the Year

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee today announced that free child car seat inspections and assistance are available to parents and caregivers weekly across New York. As part of this annual 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 as part of a year-round public awareness and safety initiative to better protect our children when traveling," said Terri Egan, Deputy Commissioner of Safety, Consumer Protection, & Clean Air for the Department of Motor Vehicles. "Properly installed car seats can greatly reduce the risk of death or 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 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 1 to 13 years old. However, properly installed car seats can greatly reduce the risk of death or injury during an accident. Research 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.

"Our children are our most precious cargo, and protecting them is one of the most important highway safety endeavors we undertake," said Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. "Learning how to properly install and use child safety equipment only takes a few minutes, but could prevent a lifetime of loss."

Below is a listing of child safety seat checks available across the state between May 9 & May 16:

     
May 9 Child Safety Seat Check - Genesee County
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Valu-Home Center; Valu Plaza, 4152 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020
Agency: City of Batavia Fire Department
Contact: Chuck Hammon at (585) 345-6375
     
May 9 Child Safety Seat Check - Cattaraugus County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Paul Brown Motors, 1145 East State Street, Olean, NY 14760
Agency: Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office and Health Department
Contact: Bev Bennett at (716) 701-3407
     
May 9 Child Safety Seat Check - Onondaga County
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Lowes, 131 Simon Drive, Syracuse, NY 13224
Agency: Syracuse Police Department
Contact: Officer Mike Goudy at (315) 442-5130
     
May 14 Child Safety Seat Check - Schenectady County
1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.
Curry Road Plaza, 1400 Curry Road, Rotterdam, NY 12306
Agency: Rotterdam Police Department
Contact: Kelley Pike at (518) 262-6248
     
May 16 Child Safety Seat Check - Steuben County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Family Dollar Parking Lot, 330 West Washington Street, Bath, NY 14810
Agency: Bath Police Department
Contact: Sgt. J. D. Hawley at (607) 776-2175
     
May 16 Child Safety Seat Check - Westchester County
12:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m.
900 King Street, Rye Brook, NY 10573
Agency: Village of Rye Brook Police Department
Contact: Sgt. Luigi Greco/ PO Paul D'Amore at (914) 937-1020

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 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:

The 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.

To make an appointment with a child seat inspection site near you, click on the link below: http://safeny.ny.gov/seat-per.htm

Find more information on a Child Car Seat Inspection Station near you at: http://safeny.ny.gov/seat-cal.htm.

Go to http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats/Car-Seat-Ratings-Ease-Of-Use.htm for ratings on all car seats.

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