State Police Troop D Announces Child Passenger Safety Week

ONEIDA, NY – The New York State Police in Troop D today announced it will be partnering with local safety agencies during the “National Child Passenger Safety Week”, conducting FREE child safety seat checks at several locations, including:

September 22 – Lowes 445 State Route 104, Oswego, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Oswego County Traffic Safety Board

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.

The event, part of the Central New York’s participation in Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 16-22), is free to the public.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2010 shows that about 2 children 12 or younger were killed and 325 were injured each day in passenger vehicles.

“You can never predict or control what other drivers might do or how the weather might change the safety of a roadway,” said Major Rodney W. Campbell, Troop D Commander. “The best way to protect your kids is to put them in the right car seats for their age and size and use those seats correctly on every trip, every time. By attending the car seat event, parents and caregivers can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible.”

Major Campbell also urged parents to follow NHTSA’s car seat recommendations that recommend parents and caregivers keep children in their restraint types for as long as possible according to manufacturer instructions before moving them to the next type.

For maximum safety, a parent or caregiver should have the car seat installation inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to ensure their children are in the right seats for their age and size.

Children 12 and under should always ride in the back seat.