Sheriff’s Office to hold child safety seat clinic

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office will hold a child safety seat clinic from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at the Louisville Fire Hall located at 3623 Louisville Road.

Trained and certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians will be on hand to provide personal child car seat installation instructions. They will give parents and care-givers instructions to help them insure their children continue to get the best protection possible from their safety seats.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages four to 14, however, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), In the United States during 2005, 1,335 children ages 14 years and younger died as occupants in motor vehicle crashes, and approximately 184,000 were injured.

Recent observational surveys in Tennessee indicate that child safety seat misuse is extremely common. Seat belt enforcement roadblocks and child safety seat checkpoints have shown that over 90 percent of Tennessee’s children are riding in improperly installed or unsafe child safety seats. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians seek to reverse this trend by training parents to make sure their restraints are safe and properly installed.

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