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Sheriff's Department checks car seats

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Clay County parents have an opportunity they may not be aware of to insure the safety of their children while traveling.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department has a child safety sitting station available to the public.

The Sheriff's Department has four child passenger safety technicians, who are certified through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to check child safety seats.

According to Dispatch Supervisor Melissa Gambill, 4 out of 5 car seats are misused.

Gambill, coordinator for the program, said the technicians have guidelines for how old a child should be when switching to a forward facing car seat or when switching from a car seat to a seat belt.

"We look at the height, weight and age of the child to make sure they are in the proper position and the harness is snug," Gambill said. "A lot of little things can be done to make the car seat secure."

Gambill said the number one reason for parents to take advantage of this program is safety.

Parents can visit the Sheriff's Department anytime to have their car seats checked or call 446-2535 Ext. 5 to make an appointment.

Automotive Safety Program at Riley Hospital for Children provides technical support for the program, and funding for the program is provided through the Governor's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving.

"It's a good thing to help insure the safety of the children of Clay County," Gambill told The Brazil Times.

The Sheriff's Department is working on creating a car seat check-up for Clay County in May.

For more information on child passenger seats, visit www.nhtsa.gov, www.safekids.org or www.preventinjury.org.

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