The City of South Fulton Police Department and the Georgia Department of Public Safety recently teamed up for a community outreach effort around car seat safety. The officers performed car seat inspections, provided drivers with corrective measures and donated nearly a dozen car seats to families in need.
The efforts align with National Safety Month activities taking place across the U.S. this June. Observed annually, the awareness campaign focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in homes and communities.
According to the South Fulton Police Department, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of children in Georgia. Car seats, when installed properly, reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent among infants and 54 percent among toddlers.
While there are some exceptions, children in Georgia under the age of eight are required to be restrained in an appropriate child passenger safety seat or booster seat pursuant to O.C.G.A 40-8-76.
South Fulton residents can have their car seats checked at local fire stations in June and year round. For more information, visit www.seatcheck.org.
Photo Credit: City of South Fulton Police Department