To help keep children in the community safe, the Clay County Sheriff's Department has established a Permanent Child Safety Seat Fitting Station.
The station is staffed by three child passenger safety technicians certified through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Statistics show that at least four out of every five car seats are used incorrectly. Improper use of child restraints can lead to severe injury and/or death. Proper use of a child safety seat can lower the risk of fatal injury by 80 percent.
Sheriff Mike Heaton, Chief Dep. Rob Gambill and Dep. Casey Judge will be available to inspect car seats and instruct families on how to properly secure the seats in their vehicle for safer traveling. Parents and caregivers can call the sheriff's department at 446-2535 Ext. 5, to set up an appointment at any time to have their seat and its installation inspected.
Funding for the program is provided by the Governor's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving, and technical support is provided by the Automotive Safety Program at Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana School of Medicine.
For more information, call 1-800-KID-N-CAR, or log on to www.preventinjury.org.