Po­lice to con­duct child safety seat checks

Events be­ing held as part of Child Pas­sen­ger Safety Week

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ginger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

As part of the Child Pas­sen­ger Safety Week, lo­cal and state po­lice are con­duct­ing free child safety seat checks.

WEST BRAD­FORD >> As part of the Child Pas­sen­ger Safety Week from Sept. 18 to 24, lo­cal and state po­lice are con­duct­ing free child safety seat checks.

State po­lice noted that re­search has shown that cor­rectly us­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate child re­straint or seat belt is the sin­gle most ef­fec­tive way to save lives and re­duce in­juries in crashes. Us­ing age and size ap­pro­pri­ate child re­straints is the best way to re­duce these deaths, they added.

Mo­tor ve­hi­cle crashes are a lead­ing cause of death of chil­dren ages 1 to 13. Every 33 sec­onds, one child un­der 13 is in­volved in a crash, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Two chil­dren un­der 13 in 2014 were killed and 308 were in­jured in car ac­ci­dents that year.

The Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice, Troop J Em­breeville, will con­duct a car seat check on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 21, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the West Brad­ford Fire Com­pany sub­sta­tion at 1385 Cam­pus Drive, West Brad­ford. It is on the cor­ner of Mar­shal­ton Thorn­dale and Poor­house roads. Cer­ti­fied child pas­sen­ger safety tech­ni­cians will check car seats for proper in­stal­la­tion. Par­ents and care­givers will be ed­u­cated on how to choose the right car seats and how to prop­erly in­stall them in their ve­hi­cles.

The event is part of the Na­tional Child Pas­sen­ger Safety Week and is free to the pub­lic. Ap­point­ments, while not re­quired, are recommended. Con­tact Trooper Waleska Gon­za­lez at 610-486-6181.

Cer­ti­fied Child Pas­sen­ger Safety Seat Tech­ni­cians will be avail­able to check child safety seats, pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and an­swer ques­tions at the check­points in the re­gion.

Also that day, safety checks will be held at Paoli Hos­pi­tal at 255 West Lan­caster Av­enue, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Con­tact: 610906-2711 and at Avon­dale Fire Com­pany at 23 Fire­house Way, from 2 to 8 p.m. Con­tact: 610-268-2022.

Coatesville

The Coatesville Po­lice Depart­ment an­nounced that it will use a grant from the Penn­syl­va­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta-

tion (Pen­nDOT) and with sup­port from the Penn­syl­va­nia Traf­fic In­jury Pre­ven­tion Project, will have of­fi­cers ded­i­cated to both ed­u­ca­tion and en­force­ment. Coatesville po­lice and other de­part­ments and high­way safety part­ners through­out the Com­mon­wealth to pro­vide child pas­sen­ger safety in­for­ma­tion, pre­sen­ta­tions, pro­vide fit­ting sta­tions, and write ci­ta­tions to mo­torists who are caught trans­port­ing un­re­strained chil­dren.

State Po­lice re­mind par­ents that any­one who trans­ports a child un­der four years of age any­where

in the mo­tor ve­hi­cle must fas­ten the child se­curely in an ap­proved child safety seat. Chil­dren four years of age or older but un­der 8 years old must be se­cured with both the ve­hi­cle’s safety seat belt sys­tem and an ap­pro­pri­ately fit­ting child booster seat. Penn­syl­va­nia law re­quires a driv­ers and pas­sen­gers to buckle their seat­belts.

Penn­syl­va­nia Child Pas­sen­ger Safety Pro­tec­tion Law re­quires all driv­ers to se­cure chil­dren younger than 2 years of age in a rear-fac­ing child pas­sen­ger re­straint sys­tem, to be used un­til the child out­grows the max­i­mum weight and height lim­its des­ig­nated by the car seat man­u­fac­turer.

Pen­nDOT said be­cause of the po­ten­tial dan­gers as­so­ci­ated with air bag de­ploy­ment, chil­dren ages 12 and un­der should al­ways ride buck­led in a ve­hi­cle’s back seat.

Ad­di­tional checks in Chester County in­clude: Thurs­day, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the West Goshen Po­lice Depart­ment at 1025 Paoli Pike in West Goshen. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 610-9062711; and Satur­day, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kelly Chevro­let at 600 Nutt Road, Phoenixville. Con­tact: 610-344-5557.

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