Department of Highways, District 10
Transportation Cabinet’s Drive Smart Program Offers Free Child Safety Seat Inspections
JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 29, 2007) – As part of Kentucky’s observance of Child Passenger Safety Month, the Transportation Cabinet’s Drive Smart program is sponsoring free child safety seat inspections in 26 cities across the state.
In District 10 of the Department of Highways, inspection locations include Beattyville and West Liberty. Inspections will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Morgan County State Highway Maintenance Garage on KY 191, and on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beattyville-Lee County Fire Department on KY 11 north.
District 10 includes the counties of Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe. Other inspection locations in counties adjacent to District 10 are Mt. Sterling, Paintsville, Richmond and Hyden.
Certified child safety seat experts will inspect the seats for proper installation, and will also provide child passenger safety tips that parents can use to make sure their children are safe whenever they ride in a motor vehicle.
“Kentucky law requires children 40 inches tall or less to be restrained in a federally approved car seat,” said Ron Easter, Drive Smart coordinator for District 10. “However, statistics show that more than 90 percent of the child safety seats in use in the United States are installed incorrectly. A properly installed child safety seat can significantly reduce the odds of a child being killed or seriously injured in an automobile accident. That’s why we want to make sure that parents use their seats in the correct manner to ensure the safety of their children.”
The inspections are free and include instruction on the proper installation techniques. Participants should allow approximately 20 minutes per seat.
National Child Passenger Safety Week is observed each year during the week of Valentine’s Day. This year the week-long national observance is Feb. 12-18. Kentucky extends the observance to a full month in order to more completely spread the child passenger safety message.
For a complete list of statewide inspection locations, dates and times, call toll free 1-888-374-8768 or visit http://highwaysafety.ky.gov.