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Sheriff’s Office hosting Free Car Seat Inspections During National Child Passenger Safety Week

Sheriff’s Deputies checking car seat at 5 locations during the week

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces the Erie County Sheriff’s Office is hosting free car seat safety inspections at five separate locations during National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18 – 24.

In conjunction with the national campaign certified car seat installation technicians will check cars seats for proper installation and provide instruction to parents and grandparents if they need to install car seats at home.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 through 12. Many deaths and injuries could be prevented if children were properly secured in an appropriate child restraint.

Many parents and caregivers assume they know how to choose and use the correct child restraints for their children, but sadly these restraints are frequently used incorrectly. In fact, three out of every four children are riding at an increased risk of injury because their car seats are not being used correctly. The “Know for Sure – Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat?” campaign was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Ad Council to advise parents and caregivers about proper car seat selection for their child’s age and size, and to educate them on its proper use. This campaign is being promoted the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and its partners at the NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and the NYS Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board with support from the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention and NYS Safe Kids Coalition.

The sheriff’s office car seat inspections will be held 4 - 7 p.m. at the following locations.

Monday, September 19

Clarence Substation

6185 Goodrich Road

Clarence, NY 14032

Tuesday, September 20

Elma Substation

1600 Bowen Road

Elma, NY 14059

Wednesday, September 21

Springville Substation

65 Franklin Street

Springville, NY 14141

Thursday, September 22

Alden Substation

3311 Wende Road

Alden, NY 14004

Friday, September 23

Boston Town Hall

8500 Boston State Road

Boston, NY 14025

Each location will be staffed by at least four certified car seat inspection Deputies. Generally, it takes a Deputy twenty minutes to properly inspect the car seat and its installation.

This free service is provided to residents by Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

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