Throughout July, ten counties in New York will be offering free child car seat inspections for parents and caregivers. The inspections will be provided by state and local police agencies, along with various community safety partners, as part of the Child Passenger Safety Program. Certified child passenger safety technicians will educate individuals on how to select a child restraint that will fit their child, fit their vehicle, and be used correctly every time.
“New York State offers this free service to better protect our children when traveling,” said Terri Egan, Acting New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) Chair and New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Executive Deputy Commissioner. “Properly installed car seats can greatly reduce the risk of death and injury during a crash, so I encourage motorists to use this opportunity to make sure children are properly buckled into their car seats before hitting the road.”
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. The goal of GTSC’s campaign is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children in the correct car safety restraint for their age and size, and to ensure the safety restraints are properly used and installed by parents and caregivers.
Last November, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the results of Child Passenger Safety Week seat check events. An alarming 88% of the 931 seats inspected were improperly installed; only 112 had been installed correctly. A 2012 NHTSA study found 20% of all drivers with child passengers did not read the instructions for child seats and booster seats. Still, 90% claimed they were “confident” or “very confident” that their child restraints were installed correctly.
You can view the full list of inspection events here.
It is essential that you retain an attorney if you or someone you love has been ticketed for a seat belt and or child restraint violation. Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm is an experienced criminal defense and traffic ticket attorney with offices in New York and New Jersey. Email him or call 888-203-2619 for a free consultation about your case.