Alexandria, LA- The Louisiana Child Passenger Safety Task Force (LPSTF), the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, the Hispanic Committee of the South, and Louisiana State Police Troop E are conducting a free child passenger safety seat check-up event on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event will take place at Walker Automotive, 1616 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, LA. No appointment is necessary.
It is a proven fact that car seats and booster seats save lives. These devices offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash. However, approximately 3 out of 4 child seats are not used correctly. This misuse rate can be attributed to the great variety of child seats available, the great range of children’s weights and heights, and the vast array of vehicles in today’s market. These misuses span all races, educational levels, and socioeconomic status.
During the past 30 years, approximately 8,959 lives have been saved by the use of child restraints according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is important that caregivers ensure children are properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt anytime they are traveling in a vehicle.
This event is part of the “National Child Passenger Safety Week” (September 15-21, 2013). Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be on site to provide proper installation and instruction. A limited number of free child safety seats will be available.
Every Louisiana State Police troop is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a child safety seat “Inspection Station”. Troop E Troopers/technicians are available seven days a week to inspect car seats. Appointments can be made by calling (318) 769-9872.