Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 10, 2015

NEW YORK STATE DMV AND THE GOVERNOR'S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE DATES AND TIMES FOR FREE CHILD CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15
Free Inspections Available in Chenango, Saratoga, Seneca, Suffolk, Ulster, and Washington 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 Chenango, Saratoga, Seneca, Suffolk, Ulster, and Washington Counties this week. 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.

DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, "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. 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 to 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 13 years old and younger. 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 September 11 and September 15:

     
September 11 Child Safety Seat Check - Saratoga County
4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance, 15 Crossings Blvd., Clifton Park, NY 12065
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258
     
September 12 Child Safety Seat Check - Chenango County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Visions Federal Credit Union, 5411 State Highway 12, Norwich, NY 13815
Agency: Family Enrichment Network
Contact: Melanie Manwarren at (607) 373-3555
     
September 12 Child Safety Seat Check - Suffolk County
1:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
Red Creek Park, Old Riverhead Road West, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Agency: Southampton Town Police Department
Contact: Lt. Susan Ralph at (631) 702-2247
     
September 13 Child Safety Seat Check - Seneca County
9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Seneca Falls Fire Department, 43 Bayard Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Agency: Seneca Falls Police Department
Contact: Angela Anderson at (315) 254-4493
     
September 13 Child Safety Seat Check - Suffolk County
9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Montauk Seafood Festival, West Lake Drive/ West Lake Drive Extention, Montauk, NY, 11954
Agency: East Hampton Town Police
Contact: Lt. John Claflin at (631) 537-7575
     
September 13 Child Safety Seat Check - Ulster County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Shoprite parking lot (northeast corner behind Sunoco), 258 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561
Agency: Town of New Paltz Police
Contact: Sgt. Duke Bunce at (845) 255-1323
     
September 15 Child Safety Seat Check - Washington County
2:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Hudson Falls Fire Department, 220 Main Street, Hudson Falls, NY 12839
Agency: Washington County Public Health
Contact: Elizabeth St. John at (518) 746-2400 ext 3478
     
September 15 Child Safety Seat Check - Suffolk County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
GEICO, 750 Woodbury Road, Woodbury, NY 11797
Agency: EAC, Network
Contact: Angela Brockmann at (631) 648-7100 x219

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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