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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 18, 2015

NYS DMV AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE DATES AND TIMES FOR FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH AUGUST 28
Free Inspections Available in Albany, Broome and Saratoga Counties

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today announced that free child car seat inspections and assistance are available to parents and caregivers in Albany, Broome, and Saratoga Counties through August 28. 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 19 and August 28:

     
August 19 Child Safety Seat Check - Broome County
4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
American Legion Post 1390, 1390 NY 26, Maine, NY 13802
Agency: Broome County Health Department
Contact: Christine Muss at (607) 778-2807
     
August 20 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
     
August 28 Child Safety Seat Check - Saratoga County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Maple Avenue Fire House, 613 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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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