Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ollie The Otter To Be At Childseat Checkpoint

The Cookeville Police Department, Books-A-Million, Ollie the Otter and the Putnam County EMS will host a Child Seat Checkpoint at Books-A-Million on 401 W. Jackson St., on Thursday, March 31st, from 2 to 4:30 pm. Ollie Otter, Tennessee's booster seat and seat belt safety mascot, will be available along with child seat technicians to check child seats for correct installation and answer any questions that anyone may have about child seat safety and installation.  Books-A-Million will be donating 10 percent of their sales during the event towards the purchase of child safety seats for the Ollie Otter program.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),. research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than a year old,  and by 54 percent for toddlers one to four years old.  Officials say 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 used or secured in a vehicle. Research also shows that high visibility enforcement, accompanied by education is most effective in raising occupant restraint use.