Grant provides free car seats to parents

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POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) – The National Safety Council says that car crashes remain the number one killer of children under the age of 14.

Child safety seats are considered the best form of protection, though three out of four are used incorrectly, according to the government.

Area parents, however, got schooled on safety this weekend and learned to use car seats properly.

Tamara Wright’s two children survived a car accident last month that killed their grandparents.

“I want to be sure that they’re safe, which they survived,” said Wright, who lives in Black Rock, “but I want to be sure that they are okay all the time, 24/7.”

To better protect them, Wright came to the Summer Safety Squad event in Pocahontas, where she learned a few things about child safety seats.

“I learned how to put it in safely and make sure it’s in the right angle for his age and what angles can move for different ages and the weight limit,” she explained. “They gave us a paper with the weight limit on it so we know when they can move to different car seats.”

Car after car, people like Wright drove into the Black River Technical College campus for the event. Parents were able to receive free car seats for each of their kids, thanks to a $23,000 grant from the state health department.