Next week, the Safe Communities Initiative of Cape Girardeau will be hosting their first Walk-in Wednesday for child safety seat checks. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be available at the Police Department from noon-4 p.m. on February 21 to make sure car seats are correctly installed at no charge.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly.
Safe Communities coordinator Ashley Koehler says they wanted to establish a monthly, open day for walk-in seat checks, and to let the community know that the service is available to them.
“We just want to make sure that people can get them installed correctly, and we want to show them how to install them correctly.” says Koehler. “We thought with the monthly, we could get in touch with more people that way and we could check more seats.”
Those who want to attend should bring their car seats, car seat manuals, and car manuals if available. The child safety seat checks are scheduled to occur monthly, with the exceptions of July and September of this year.
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reports that the leading cause of death in children under 13 years old are car crashes. They say the way children are secured in the car should change as they grow, and that buckling them in correctly can save their life.
For more information on Walk-in Wednesday, call the Safe Communities Initiative at 573-335-7908.