Department of Highways, District 6
Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection Helps Parents Feel More Secure on Properly Restraining Their Child
Covington, Kentucky – (February 5, 2007) -
The Department of Transportation Safety dedicated the month of February as Child Passenger Safety Month for the state of Kentucky. Certified technicians will be traveling to 26 cities in all the Highway Districts in Kentucky to conduct the inspections order to reach more people and increase awareness.
Today was Northern Kentucky’s turn. Over 25 parents and caregivers took advantage of the free child safety seat inspections. The event was held between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burlington Fire Department. Eight certified technicians checked for recalls and inspected the seats for proper installation and usage. Parents were educated on how to make sure that their child is properly restrained. The thorough inspections took approximately 20 minutes for each child seat.
“I wanted to make sure my car seats were installed properly,” said Christa Bowdler. She and her two year old son Parker and eight month old daughter, Paige came for the inspection. “This was absolutely time well spent.” she added.
Erin Goin, Manager of Occupant Protection and Child Passenger Safety Program, stated that “we have found over a 90% misuse rate across the state of Kentucky.” She continued by saying, “If the child seats are used correctly they are 69% effective in reducing the need for hospitalization.”
If a booster seat is used, it reduces injuries by 59% for children ages 4-7.
If you want to find out where to have your child’s safety seat inspected you can go to www.safekids.org. From there you can locate a certified technician in your area.
“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is providing the Child Safety Seat inspections to educate parents and caregivers the importance of properly restraining their precious child so that they don’t become a statistic,” said Dan Barnett, Director of Transportation Safety.
Pictured above is Meghan Estabrookfrom the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and Kristin Woods with the Department of Transportation Safety. They helped check this young man's safety seat at the Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection held at the Burlington Fire House.