The Police Department has received a grant of $1,500 from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Division to expand child passenger-safety efforts.
According to Traffic Specialist Paul McNamara, many people do not realize they have installed their children’s car seats incorrectly, or that they have the wrong size seat for their child or wrong style of seat for their type of car.
Many people also do not fill out the warranty cards that come with the equipment, he said, so they are not informed if there is a safety recall.
According to the EOPSS, an estimated 75 percent of child passenger-safety equipment is installed incorrectly. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14 nationwide, and properly installed car seats have been proven to reduce the risk of death and injury.