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Suffolk County Executive Bellone Announces New Driver Safety Program for Car and Booster Seat Usage

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“Making sure our children are properly restrained in their car seats is one of the most effective ways to keep them safe while on the road,” said Bellone.

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violation Agency is partnering with The National Safety Council to help parents learn how to properly install and use their child’s car seat.
 
“Making sure our children are properly restrained in their car seats is one of the most effective ways to keep them safe while on the road,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “This free course will not only save young lives, but it will also educate parents on how to keep their kids safe in the car, during all stages of life.”
 
The program is free of charge and offers a one-hour Car Seat Basics e-learning class for child passenger restraint. The course has five modules including an overview, rear-facing and forward-facing car seat use as well as booster seat and seat belt use. Suffolk residents should visit www.drivesafe.com/suffolk to enroll to schedule an online class.
 
According to The National Safety Council, in 2019, 608 children under age 13 died in traffic crashes; 206 were unrestrained, and many others were inadequately restrained at the time of the crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers in passenger cars.
 
The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we focus on eliminating the leading causes of preventable death so people can live their fullest lives. We focus our efforts where we can make the greatest impact: workplace, roadway and impairment.
 
For more information please visit www.suffolkcountyny.gov/tpva.