Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

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Joe Morrissey
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Casey McNulty
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 1, 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 OCTOBER 17
Free Inspections Available in Clinton, Cortland, Livingston, Niagara, Schenectady, Suffolk 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 Clinton, Cortland, Livingston, Niagara, Schenectady, Suffolk and Washington counties this month. As part of this year-long safety initiative, state and local police agencies and various community safety partners will offer 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 from October 3 to October 17:

     
October 3 Child Safety Seat Check - Clinton County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Lowes Home Improvement Store, 39 Center Drive
(Champlain Center South off Route 3), Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Agency: Clinton County Sheriff, Safe Kids Adirondack
Contact: William Bush at (518) 565-4397
     
October 3 Child Safety Seat Check - Suffolk County
9:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Montauk Fall Festival, The Green Montauk Main Street, Montauk, NY, 11954
Agency: East Hampton Town Police
Contact: Lt. John Claflin at (631) 537-7575
     
October 3 Child Safety Seat Check - Schenectady County
10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
Home Depot, 2500 Cambridge Road, Schenectady, NY 12304
Agency: Schenectady County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Lt. Jason Temple at (518) 388-4512
     
October 7 Child Safety Seat Check - Cortland County
5:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Djafari's Office, Kennedy Parkway, Cortland, NY 13045
Agency: Cortland County Health Department
Contact: ReBecca Canzano at (607) 758-5509
     
October 10 Child Safety Seat Check - Niagara County
9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Youngstown Fire Company, 625 Third Street, Youngstown, NY 14174
Agency: Lewiston Police Department
Contact: Officer J. Cain at (716) 754-8477
     
October 15 Child Safety Seat Check - Washington County
2:30 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Whitehall Police Department, 57 Skenesborough Drive, Whitehall, NY 12887
Agency: Washington County Public Health
Contact: Elizabeth St John at (518) 746-2400 ext 3478
     
October 17 Child Safety Seat Check - Livingston County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Nunda Fire Department, 41 North State Street, Nunda, NY 14517
Agency: Cornell Cooperative Extension
Contact: Amber Pellicane at (585) 991-5420
     
October 17 Child Safety Seat Check - Niagara County
9:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Lewiston 2 Fire Company, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Agency: Lewiston Police Department
Contact: Officer J. Cain at (716) 754-8477

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 car seat check 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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