Amityville, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory teamed up with the Suffolk County Police Department, Amityville Police Department, Amityville Fire Department and EAC Network’s Safe Start program to conduct free child safety seat inspections. The event was held on Nov. 19 at the Amityville Fire Department.
Car crashes are one of the leading causes of death of children in this country. The latest research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the majority of car and booster seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness and that proper car seat use reduces the risk of death by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. Car seat inspection events help ensure children are properly and safely restrained in a vehicle and educate parents on how to correctly install and use child safety seats.
“The importance of making sure that our children are as safe as they can be while traveling in vehicles cannot be overstated,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “EAC Network’s staff, technicians and volunteers do a tremendous job of raising awareness of the small steps all parents can take to make sure they are transporting their little ones safely. I would like to give a special thanks to the Suffolk County Police Department and the Amityville Police and Fire Departments for participating in this important event.”
As part of Governor Cuomo’s Traffic Safety Committee’s “Safe New York” initiative, the EAC Network partners with local police departments to provide free child seat safety inspections for residents. The inspection takes less than 15 minutes and includes a safety check of the car seat and verification that it is properly installed and appropriate for the intended child passenger. A car seat that is found to be defective or inappropriate can be exchanged for a new seat, free of charge.
“EAC Network is proud to partner once again with Suffolk County and Presiding Officer Gregory to hold another successful car seat inspection event,” said Lance Elder, President and CEO of EAC Network. “According to national statistics, three out of four car seats are incorrectly installed, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-12. It is critical to inform families about this free service that could save the lives of their children. We are so grateful for the continued support of Suffolk County.”
To schedule a car seat inspection appointment or event, please contact Angela Brockman, supervisor of EAC Network’s Safe Start program, at (631)648-7100.