Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 31, 2015

NYS DMV AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE DATES AND TIMES FOR FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH AUGUST 6
Free Inspections Available in Albany, Clinton, Niagara, Chenango, Delaware, Rensselaer, Fulton, Ulster and Montgomery 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 August 1 and August 6:

     
August 1 Child Safety Seat Check - Ulster County
10:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Woodstock Fire Station CO#4, at the corner of Sawkill Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Agency: Saugerties Police
Contact: Jeremy Rushkoski at jrushkoski@police.saugerties.ny.us
     
August 1 Child Safety Seat Check - Niagara County
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Niagara Active Hose Fire Hall, 6010 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Agency: Office of Traffic Safety – Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Sponsors: Assemblyman John Ceretto, Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Grace E. Destino at (716) 438-3190
     
August 1 Child Safety Seat Check - Clinton County
10:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Plattsburgh Farmer's Market, Durkee Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Agency: Clinton County Traffic Safety, Morrisonville EMS, Safe Kids Adirondack
Contact: William Bush at (518) 565-4397
     
August 1 Child Safety Seat Check - Delaware County
10:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Sidney McDonald's, 141 Delaware Ave, Sidney, NY 13838
Agency: Delaware County Public Health
Contact: Heather Warner at (607) 832-5200
     
August 3 Child Safety Seat Check - Rensselaer County
2:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.
Center Brunswick Fire Station, 1045 Hoosick Road, East Lot P, Troy, NY 12180
Agency: Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Eric Dahl at (518) 488-0367
     
August 4 Child Safety Seat Check - Orleans County
5:30 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Bullard Park, 499 East Avenue, Albion, NY 14411
Agency: Albion Police Department
Contact: Sgt. David Mogle at (585) 589-5627
     
August 5 Child Safety Seat Check - Chenango County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Congregational Church, 28 North Chenango Street, Greene, NY 13778
Agency: Family Enrichment Network of Chenango County
Contact: Melanie Manwarren at (607) 373-3555
     
August 5 Child Safety Seat Check - Albany County
3:30 p.m - 6:30 p.m.
Voorheesville Farmer's Market
United Methodist Church or Voorheesville, 68 Maple Avenue, Voorheesville, NY 12186
Agency: Albany County Department of Public Works
Contact: Bill Van Alstyne at (518) 765-2565
     
August 6 Child Safety Seat Check - Montgomery & Fulton County
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Voorheesville Farmer's Market
Perth Volunteer Fire Company, 4080 State Highway 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010
NO APPOINTMENTS NECESSARY
Agency: Public Health
Contact: Suzanne Wells at (518) 853-3531

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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