PCPD to host car seat safety event on Nov. 17

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Hardly any­one thinks about how old a car seat is un­til some­thing hap­pens, and sud­denly it be­comes a ma­jor is­sue. A mi­nor wreck can mean full re­place­ment of de­vices that help save a child’s life ev­ery mo­ment of ev­ery day across the world.

Yet many peo­ple are us­ing ex­pired seats, or never know that a re­call has been posted on them. Maybe they’ve been re­cy­cled from one fam­ily mem­ber to an­other.

None of this is a good idea, and lo­cal law en­force­ment seek to en­sure that peo­ple not only take car seat safety se­ri­ously, but also have a chance to get a free re­place­ment for those that qual­ify later this month.

Polk County Po­lice Of­fi­cer Andy An­der­son is work­ing with the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health to hold a Car Seat Safety Check event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. com­ing up on Satur­day, Nov. 17 in the park­ing lot of the Cedar­town Wal­mart. For those who meet re­quire­ments and need a new car seat, sev­eral will be on hand to pass out for free.

An­der­son said the event was in­spired in part by the work that slain Polk County Po­lice De­tec­tive Kris­ten Hearne took up prior to her shoot­ing death in the line of duty. She at the time was the only of­fi­cer with the Polk County Po­lice who was cer­ti­fied as a car seat safety of­fi­cer, and could con­duct the checks.

Now An­der­son in his role also with the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice of High­way Safety has taken up that role, and means to try his best to live up to her legacy and keep kids safe.

“We hope to help a whole lot of peo­ple out with this event,” he said. “It’s re­ally all about mak­ing sure the kids stay safe when rid­ing with their par­ents.

Any­one with fur­ther ques­tions can con­tact An­der­son at the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment by call­ing 770-748-7331 to­day.

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