MASTIC, NY – Legislator Sunderman and EAC (Empower, Assist, Care) joined the Suffolk County Police Department’s 7th Precinct, the Mastic Ambulance Company, and State Farm Insurance Company for a Car Seat Safety Inspection Program on Saturday, June 15 at the Mastic Ambulance Company. EAC Network’s certified technicians and Suffolk County police officers were on site to inspect car seats and provide parents with essential information about child passenger safety.
“These car seat inspections provide a vital service to parents of young children,” said Legislator Sunderman. “They help to ensure that child safety seats are installed properly to optimize the maximum level of safety and security for the children using them.”
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 12. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 children car seats are not being installed properly or are being used incorrectly. EAC Network provides these free events in order to educate the community on passenger safety and work with parents and childcare providers to promote effective and appropriate use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts in order to prevent injuries to children. EAC Network hosts a number of these free events throughout both Suffolk and Nassau counties during the year to ensure that children are properly secured in motor vehicles. The organization also provides complimentary child safety restraints to clients most in need.
The Car Seat Safety Inspection last weekend assisted almost 30 individuals with ensuring that their child car seats are providing the optimal level of safety. At the event, Legislator Sunderman presented a proclamation to Angela Brockman, Program Supervisor of EAC, who over her 16-year tenure with the organization has been a vital part of providing injury prevention services to over 100,000 residents throughout Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens. She started as a Child Passenger Safety Technician and became a CPS instructor. She also serves on the New York State Traffic Safety Committee’s Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board.
“Honoring Angela was my pleasure,” said Legislator Sunderman. “Due to her hard work and dedication these programs have been so successful, but most importantly she is always protecting our children and teens of tomorrow.”