Child safety seat check set Oct. 11

Published 11:45 pm Friday, October 3, 2014

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GRAMERCY — The St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct its annual Child Safety Seat Check-up event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Winn Dixie in Gramercy.

Sheriff’s Office deputies, the South Central Planning & Development Commission, Louisiana Passenger Safety Taskforce and Winn Dixie employee will help at the event.

Misuse of child safety seats can be attributed to the variety of child seats available and the variety of vehicles on the market.

Why are child safety seats so important?

Research shows, authorities said, they are 71 percent effective in reducing deaths for infants and 54 percent effective in reducing toddler deaths during a motor vehicle crash.

“But it’s important to remember, child safety seats are only effective if used correctly,” said Dustin Poche, of the Sheriff’s Office.

“Studies have shown that as many as three out of four car seats are used incorrectly. This child safety seat check-up can help prevent the misuse of child seats by educating the public on the proper seat and installation for the vehicle being used.”

This event will allow for certified child safety seat technicians “both law enforcement and not” to assist parents and caregivers with the proper information and installation regarding a child safety seat in vehicles.

In addition, certified technicians will provide lifesaving information as to what child safety seat should be utilized in regards to age, weight and height limits.

This service is provided free of charge, and everyone is invited to attend.