Department of Highways, District 10
Child safety seat inspections scheduled in two District 10 counties; Breathitt, Estill events are part of month-long safety campaign
JACKSON, KY – (Feb. 17, 2006) – As part of an aggressive month-long campaign to emphasize the importance of child passenger safety seats, certified safety seat experts from the Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Driver Safety and Drive Smart program will visit two counties in District 10 next week. All parents are invited to stop by the checkpoint and have their child passenger safety seats inspected for proper installation and to get other safety tips for their children.
Inspections will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23 in Breathitt County at the Jackson Fire Department, 11 Fire Station Lane, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and on Friday, Feb. 24 in Estill County at the Estill County Fire Department's Clear Creek Station; 202 Whispering Woods Lane, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each inspection will last approximately 20 minutes.
"It is of critical importance that we focus attention on all aspects of passenger safety, including the safety of our children," said Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. "When adults adopt good habits, like buckling up, there is a much better chance that their children will be restrained as well. This campaign will also give our Drive Smart Child Passenger Safety team the opportunity to educate the public on the proper ways to install and use safety seats for children. During Kentucky’s Child Passenger Safety Month, we intend to spread the message about good safety habits for the entire family."
National Child Passenger Safety Week, which is scheduled each year during the week of Valentine’s Day, was last week, Feb. 12 – 18. In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week, the Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Driver Safety and its Drive Smart program is extending awareness throughout the entire month of February, celebrating Kentucky’s first ever Child Passenger Safety Month. As part of state level awareness activities, certified technicians from the Kentucky Child Passenger Safety Team will conduct the free child passenger safety seat inspections throughout the state.
The Cabinet’s Director for the Division of Driver Safety, Dan Barnett, welcomes the chance to take the Child Passenger Safety Month campaign on the road. "We’re taking the message out to the public, on a grass roots level," Barnett said. "This is what we do best, hands-on, face-to-face, interactive learning experiences. We want everyone to know that protecting those you love means getting way past any preconceived notions of safety seats being a hassle to use. We will show you how to install and how to use any kind of child safety seat."
Drive Smart is lending support by sponsoring the events in Jackson and Irvine and in 22 other Kentucky cities. Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will check for recalls and inspect seats for proper installation and usage. Parents will be educated on installation techniques and receive child occupant protection information.
Child Passenger Safety Specialist Erin Eaton pointed out: "Many parents, grandparents and child care providers are unaware of the correct ways to use their safety seats. That results in their most precious loved ones unknowingly being placed at risk during a crash. During Child Passenger Safety Month we hope to make a big difference in parental awareness of proper installation techniques."
An average of seven children from birth through age 14 are killed and another 866 are injured in motor vehicle crashes each day nationwide. In over half of these collisions, the children were riding unrestrained, either improperly secured in a child safety seat or not wearing a safety belt.
For more child passenger safety information, contact the Drive Smart office at 1-888-374-8768 or visit the Web site at http://drivesmart.ky.gov.