National Child Passenger Safety Week and National Seat Check Saturday Events Around Louisiana

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force will be conducting FREE Child Safety Seat Check events across Louisiana this Saturday, September 20, 2014 in order to reduce the number of children injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes.  According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 123,000 children under the age of 13 were injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2011.  Crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 13.

When a parent or caregiver uses a child restraint correctly, the restraint can reduce the risk of fatal injury for infants by 71 percent and toddlers’ fatal rates can be decreased by 54 percent.  We know that child safety seats help save lives and reduce injury when used correctly.  Nearly 3 out of 4 child restraints are installed improperly.  That is why we are committed to educating parents and caregivers on the correct installation and use of child restraints.

On Saturday, Certified Child Restraint Technicians will be on-hand throughout the state at various events listed below.  They will educate the public on child restraint laws and best practices when traveling with children.  Louisiana State Police would like to remind and encourage all parents and caregivers to take advantage of FREE child safety seat check events to ensure that their children are getting the very best protection. Furthermore, all LSP troops are child seat inspection/fitting stations. To locate additional inspection stations in your area, please go to http://www.lsp.org/public.html for state troop locations and information or www.facebook.com/BuckleUpLouisiana for additional state funded inspection stations and events.

Troop A: The Bee and Butterfly Learning Center, 40109 Abby James Road, Prairieville, La 70769 (9 a.m. to 12 noon)

Troop B – Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate, 2501 Maine Ave, Kenner, La. 70003 (9 a.m. to 12 noon)

 Troop C – Rouses Supermarket, 5818 West Main Street, Houma, La. 70360 (8 a.m. to 12 noon)

 Troop D – Billy Navarre Honda, 1310 East College Street, Lake Charles, La. 70607 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Troop E –Walker Automotive, 1616 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, La. 71301 (9 a.m. to 12 noon)

Troop F – Troop F, 1240 Hwy 594, Monroe, La.  71203 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Troop G – Caddo Sheriff’s Safety Town, 8910 Jewella Ave., Shreveport, La. 71118 (9 a.m. to 12 noon)

 Troop I – The Grand 16 Movie Theater, 3131 Johnston Street, Lafayette, La  70503 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Troop L – Gateway Ford, 1133 Hwy 51, Ponchatoula, La. 70454 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Louisiana State Police urges everyone to help reduce injuries and the tragic loss of life by buckling up themselves and their children — Every trip, Every time.