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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 21, 2015

NYS DMV AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE DATES AND TIMES FOR FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH JULY 30
Free Inspections Available this Week in in Albany, Essex, Niagara, Saratoga, and St. Lawrence 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, Executive 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 22 & July 30:

     
July 22 Child Safety Seat Check - Essex County
1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
Elizabethtown / Lewis Central School, Court Street, Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Agency: Essex County Sheriff's Department
Contact: Deputy Shawn Lydamore at (518) 873-6974
     
July 24 Child Safety Seat Check - St. Lawrence County
12:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m.
Canton Fire Station, 77 Riverside Drive, Canton, NY 13617
Agency: St. Lawrence County Traffic Safety Program
Contact: Mary Davison at (315) 379-2306
     
July 24 Child Safety Seat Check - Saratoga County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Wilton Fire Department, Station 2, 4233 State Rte 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Appointment Required
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258
     
July 25 Child Safety Seat Check - Niagara County
9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Wheatfield Town Hall, 2800 Church Road, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Agency: Office of Traffic Safety – Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Sponsors: Niagara County Legislator Kathryn Lance, Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Grace E. Destino at (716) 438-3190
     
July 30 Child Safety Seat Check - Albany County
4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
New York State Police, 760 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110
Appointment Required
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258

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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