DATE: Monday, September 19, 2016
SUBJECT: Child Seat Inspection Clinic and Bicycle Safety Rodeo
RELEASE NUMBER: 2016-NR-075
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
In partnership with the Automotive Safety Program, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will operate a free Child Seat Inspection Clinic this Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in support of Child Passenger Safety Week. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office bicycle patrol will also be on hand to answer questions about bicycle safety.
Children of any age are invited to bring their bicycles to the northwest corner of the parking lot at Washington Square Mall where our bicycle deputies will set up a safety course. Children who bring a bicycle and particpate in the course will receive a free bicycle helmet courtesy of Deaconess Health System.
The child seat inspection station will operate on Thursday, September 22, 2016 betwen 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm at Washington Square Mall. Child Passenger Safety Technicians from the Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to inspect your car seat for proper installation.
Child Passenger Safety Week promotes the importance of proper child seat safety, by raising awareness through a national and statewide ad campaign. Child Passenger Safety Week is an annual event and takes place this year between September 18-24.
“Using a child seat correctly can save a child’s life. Our office is pleased to partner with the Automotive Safety Program and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute in order to show parents how to properly install and use a child safety seat and explain when it is time to transition to a new car seat or seat belt,” said Sheriff Dave Wedding.
Child Passenger Safety Week is supported by federal funding allocated to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office through the ICJI Traffic Safety Division. According to ICJI, in 2014, 246 Indiana children under the age of 13 were injured, and 4 children died, from being unrestrained in an automobile accident. The just-released NHTSA 2015 National Survey of the Use of Booster Seats shows 37.4 percent of children ages 4 to 7 in the United States were not being properly restrained.
Free child seat inspection stations are offered across the state and available throughout the year. The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office provides free inspections on an appointment basis. For more information, please visit our website by clicking here.
For a complete list of child seat inspection stations across the state, broken down by county, please click here.
To learn more about choosing the right car seat, including an easy-to-use car seat finder tool, please click here.
For more information on Indiana’s child passenger seat law, please click here.