Sheriff Hosting Car Seat Checks During National Child Passenger Safety Week

Sheriff Substations will Host Events
 
Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces three car seat check events for National Child Passenger Safety Week.  
 
Deputies, who are certified car seat technicians, will be on hand at Sheriff’s Substations on three dates next week.
 
Monday, September 18, 4 – 7 P.M.
Grand Island Substation
1856 Whitehaven Road.
 
Tuesday, September 19, 4 – 7 P.M.
Clarence Substation
6185 Goodrich Road
 
Wednesday, September 20, 4 – 7 P.M.
Elma Substation
1600 Bowen Road
 
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury death for children 1 through 12 years old, and many of these deaths could be prevented if children were properly restrained in an appropriate child restraint.  
 
Many parents and caregivers assume they know how to choose and use the correct child restraints for their children, but sadly these restraints are frequently used incorrectly. In fact, three out of every four children are riding at an increased risk of injury because their car seats are not being used correctly. The “Know for Sure – Is Your Child in the Right Car Seat?” campaign was developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Ad Council to make sure all parents and caregivers properly secure their children in the best car restraint for their age and size and use these devices properly.
 
Additionally, most tweens (8 to 12 year-olds) seriously injured or killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts or wearing them correctly; tweens are also more likely to get hurt in crashes when riding in the front seat. 
 
Earlier this year, Sheriff Howard instituted a bi-weekly car seat check schedule hosted at various substations to provide this valuable and life-saving service free to residents of Erie County.  Additional car seat checks dates will be announced later this year.