Monday, June 15, 2009

Child Safety Seat Checkpoint Scheduled

The Cookeville police department is continuing with its ongoing effort to educate the public about the proper use and installation of child car seats. They held a safety seat checkpoint last week and have another one scheduled next week. Randy Brown in the department's traffic division says the Department, Carlen Chevrolet, and the Putnam County Kiwanis Club will be hosting a Child Seat Checkpoint at Carlen Chevrolet located at 330 West Spring Street on Friday, June 26, 2009, from 2 to 5 p.m. Child Seat Technicians will be available to check child seats for correct installation and answer any questions that anyone may have about child seat safety and installation. He says research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. But Brown says many parents and others who transport children do not understand the potential deadly results from not using a child seat or booster seat at all or using one that is not properly installed and secured in a vehicle.