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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 21, 2015

NYS DMV AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE DATES AND TIMES FOR FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH MAY 30
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 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 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 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 a crash. 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 22 & May 30:

     
May 22 Child Safety Seat Check - Saratoga County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Wilton Fire Department, Station 1, 270 Ballard Rd, Wilton, NY 12831
Appointment Required
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258
     
May 28 Child Safety Seat Check - Suffolk County
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
West Babylon Fire Dept. HEADQUARTERS, 126 Arnold Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704
Sponsored by: Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey
Agency: EAC Network
Contact: Angela Brockmann at (631) 648-7100 x219
     
May 29 Child Safety Seat Check - Suffolk County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
People's United Bank, 693 Montauk Bank, Bayport, NY 11705
Appointment Required
Agency: EAC, NETWORK
Contact: Angela Brockmann at (631) 648-7100 x219
     
May 30 Child Safety Seat Check - Orange County
11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Crystal Run Healthcare, 85 Crystal Run Road, Middletown, NY 10940
Agency: Orange County Traffic Safety
Contact: Kecia Healy at (845) 800-4945
     
May 30 Child Safety Seat Check - Cattaraugus County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Cattaraugus Little Valley School, 25 North Frankling Street, Cattaraugus, NY 14719
Agency: Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Bev Bennett at (716) 701-3407
     
May 30 Child Safety Seat Check - Wyoming County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Tops Markets, 658 West Main Street, Arcade, NY 14009
Agency: Village of Arcade Police Department
Contact: Gillian Koerner at (585) 492-2300 x 105
     
May 30 Child Safety Seat Check - Broome County
11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Visions Federal Credit Union, 3301 Country Club Road, Endwell, NY
Agency: Broome County Health Department
Contact: Christine Muss at (607) 778-2807


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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