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Clinic teaches car seat safety

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Elijah Barnhart, 8-months, enjoyed a bottle while his mother, Amanda Horn (not pictured), learned proper safety procedures for infant car seats during Brazil City Police Department's infant car seat clinic Wednesday at York Chevrolet. Dispatcher April Buchholz and Police Chief Terry Harrison watch Program Assistant and CHANCES for Indiana Youth Assistant Julie Wheatley explain how to properly install a car seat. Members of the Terre Haute and Linton Police Departments and the Terre Haute CHANCES for Youth program assisted the BCPD. Ivy Jackson Photo.
The Brazil City Police Department hopes to become more proactive in maintaining the safety of Clay County's youngest residents while traveling in vehicles.

Police Chief Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times Wednesday the recent completion of the National Child Passenger Safety Certification classes would allow the department to once again become a car seat distribution site.

"This was one of my initial goals when I became chief," Harrison said about the training program made possible through funding provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, National Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training Program and State Farm Insurance. "We will be able to provide not only Brazil residents a valuable service, but also residents in all of Clay County."

To allow for several car seat clinics within a year, Harrison said the entire department would become certified within a few months to better implement the program.

On Wednesday, Clay City resident Amanda Horn said she learned about the department's first car seat clinic at York Chevrolet, Brazil, from a friend.

Bringing her eight-month-old son Elijah to the clinic, Horn learned his car seat should remain rear facing until he reaches the weight and height limits of the car seat.

Project Coordinator Marnita Louzon said many parents are unfamiliar with how to properly install an infant car seat, which is why she urges parents to contact the Automotive Safety Program at 1-800-KIDNCAR (1-800-543-6227) for more information and safety tips or to learn about a local car seat fitting station/distribution center.

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