Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 7, 2015

NYS DMV AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE DATES AND TIMES FOR FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH JULY 18
Free Inspections Available this Week in Broome, Herkimer, Chautauqua, Saratoga, Delaware, Suffolk and Clinton Counties

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 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 July 11 & July 18:

     
July 11 Child Safety Seat Check - Broome County
11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Whitney Point Block Party, 2612 Liberty Street, Whitney Point, NY 13862
Agency: Broome County Health Department
Contact: Christine Muss at (607) 778-2807
     
July 12 Child Safety Seat Check - Herkimer County
9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Annual Ilion Days
Slocum Dickson Medical Center Parking Lot - north side of facility
West Street and West Main Street, Ilion, NY 13357
Agency: Village of Ilion Police Department
If you are unable to attend the event, please call the Ilion Police Department to schedule an appointment.
Contact: Captain Laurie Ann DeVaul at (315) 894-9911
     
July 16 Child Safety Seat Check - Chautauqua County
11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Midway State Park, Route 430, Maple Springs, NY 14756
Agency: Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Lt. William Nelson at (716) 753-4913
     
July 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
Appointment Required
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258
     
July 17 Child Safety Seat Check - Suffolk County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
NEFCU, 6514 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
Appointment Required
Agency: EAC, Network and Suffolk County Police Department
Contact: Angela Brockmann at (631) 648-7100 x219
     
July 17 Child Safety Seat Check - Delaware County
5:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Delhi National Bank of Delaware County-Drive Thru Location
121 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753
Agency: Delaware County Public Health Services
Contact: Heather Warner at (607) 832-5200
     
July 18 Child Safety Seat Check - Clinton County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Beekmantown Fire Station, 6973 NY 22, West Chazy, NY 12992
Agency: Clinton County Traffic Safety, Morrisonville EMS and Adirondack Safe Kids
Contact: William Bush at (518) 565-4397
     
July 18 Child Safety Seat Check - Broome County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Burlington Coat Factory, Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, NY 13790
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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