At the event, certified child passenger safety specialists will be available to check car seats and booster seats for proper installation and provide hands-on education to parents and caregivers. They will also be distributing free booster seats on a first come, first served basis for children ages 5 to 8. To receive a free booster seat, the parent or caregiver must participate in a short education program, and the child must be present to be weighed and measured for the most appropriate booster seat.
The event will promote and serve as a reminder of the new child restraint law, which becomes effective July 1. The new law requires children to be properly restrained in a child restraint (car seat/booster seat) appropriate for their height and weight in the backseat until they are 8 years of age.
Current law only requires children to remain in a child restraint until age 6. Through this free booster seat distribution, Safe Kids is helping to fill a gap for those who have gotten rid of their child’s booster seat and are now faced with purchasing a new one.
“In a crash, poor fitting adult seat belts can result in serious injury to a child’s abdomen, neck and head. Booster seats have been proven to reduce injury risks for child passengers ages 4 to 8,” says Kim Martin, coalition coordinator for Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County. “This new law will save the lives of children in Georgia.”
“Georgia’s 6 and 7 year olds will be better protected on our roads with the implementation of the booster seat law,” says Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is so pleased that our partners, such as Safe Kids, are working diligently to make sure that seats are available to those who may need one.”
For more information, call Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County at 770-219-8095 or visit www.safekidsgainesvillehall.org.
Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County works to prevent accidental childhood injury, the leading killer of children 14 and under. Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injury. Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County is led by Northeast Georgia Medical Center and is funded by The Medical Center Foundation’s Healthy Journey Campaigns. For more information, please visit www.safekidsgainesvillehall.org or call 770-219-8095.