Suffolk County, NY - July 5, 2016 - EAC Network’s Safe Start program and the Suffolk County Police Department conducted free child safety seat inspections for Long Island parents on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency.
Three out of four car seats are incorrectly installed, leading to a greater risk of injury and death in a motor vehicle accident. The inspections serve to ensure children are properly and safely restrained in a vehicle, as well as to educate parents on how to correctly use child safety seats.
“Road injuries are the leading cause of unintentional deaths to children in the United States,” said Angela Brockmann, supervisor of the Safe Start program. “When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4).”
EAC Network’s staff members directed traffic as parents drove up to the inspection stations, where the organization’s certified technicians examined car seats along with Suffolk County police officers. Parents were able to attend without fear of receiving a violation issued by police due to their vehicle or driver’s license, as the event was solely focused on child safety. Those with inadequate safety seats were given new ones that will provide greater protection thanks to generous funding from the National Highway Safety Administration and the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.
EAC Network’s Safe Start event was sponsored by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency.
Learn more about Safe Start or call Angela Brockmann at (631) 648-7100 x210 for more information on EAC Network’s child safety seat inspections.
About EAC Network
Founded in 1969, EAC Network is a not-for-profit human service agency serving 68,500 people annually through 70 programs across Long Island and New York City. EAC Network’s mission is to respond to human needs with programs and services that protect children, promote healthy families and communities, help seniors, and empower individuals to take control of their lives. Among those the organization assists are children who have been physically or sexually abused, senior citizens needing support, people struggling with substance abuse and/or mental illness, youth in the foster care system, persons on public assistance seeking financial independence, adults and youth who are under or unemployed, individuals needing help to mediate disputes, and families in crisis. For more information about EAC Network, please call 516-539-0150 or visit here, Facebook, and Twitter.