National Child Passenger Safety Week is designated from September 15 through September 21st, 2019 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Some things to consider about child passenger safety are:
- Be sure your children are properly and safely restrained for every car ride, every time.
- Get your car seat(s) inspected at a local fitting station or check event. Bring your child with you so that a certified technician can ensure that the car seat is appropriate and fitted correctly for your child.
- Avoid buying used child safety seats. There is no guarantee for safety when purchasing a used car seat at a garage sale, flea market or thrift store. These seats may be expired, have missing parts, be damaged or may have been recalled. There is no way of knowing if these seats have been in a crash and if they had received damage that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
- Stay focused on the road and your surroundings. Never drive distracted and never use your cell phone or any electronic device while driving. If there is an emergency, safely pull off the road or into a “Texting Zone” before using your device(s).
- Never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs and discourage others from doing so.
As part of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department’s Child Passenger Safety Program, specially trained and certified police officers are available to install and inspect child safety seats. These officers can also provide instruction on the proper use of the seats and give other important information. The inspections are by appointment only and general availability is Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The owner must bring the child seat and vehicle owner’s manuals to the appointment.
To schedule an appointment to have your child seat inspected or installed please call Deputy Sheriff AJ Pizzuto at 845 225-4300 x42385