National child seat check Saturday events scheduled across Southeast La.

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, nationally certified technicians from across the state will participate in free child passenger safety seat check up events this Saturday, Sept. 22. At the event, certified technicians will be on hand to conduct seat inspections ensuring proper installation of each child's safety seat. In addition, parents and caregivers will be provided with life-saving information regarding the appropriate seat for each child's age, weight, and height. There is no cost for the child seat installations/inspections, however parents should anticipate approximately 30 minutes of inspection time per seat.

Child safety seats including booster seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash. When properly installed and used, child seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for children younger than one and by 54 percent for children between 1 and 4 years old. With an estimated misuse rate of 3 out of 4 seats, parents and caregivers are urged to take advantage of events such as the National Child Seat Check Saturday to have child restraints in their vehicle checked free of charge.

Technicians from Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force will be conducting events at the following locations this Saturday, September 22, 2012:

Troop A Region – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Brilliant Minds Learning Center 
1421 Gardere Lane 
Baton Rouge, LA 70820 

Troop B Region – 9 a.m. to 12 noon 
St. Bernard Parish Government Complex 
8201 West Judge Perez Drive 
Chalmette, LA 70043 

Troop C Region – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Houma Walmart 
1633 Martin Luther King Boulevard 
Houma, LA 70360 

Troop I Region – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
St. Martin Hospital 
210 Champagne Boulevard 
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517 

Troop L Region – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Mandeville K-Mart 
3555 Highway 190 
Mandeville, LA 70471 
985-893-6250 Ext:628

In addition to Saturday's events, every Louisiana State Police Troop Headquarters serves as a grant-funded Child Passenger Safety fitting station on designated days throughout the week. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are available to inspect and to assist with the installation of child safety seats at that time. In addition, CPS Technicians are available upon request to perform inspections at daycare centers, schools, and various community events. There are also programs available to those individuals who may not be able to afford a child safety seat.

To schedule an appointment, learn about your Troop area's inspection day, or arrange for a check up event please contact your local LSP Public Information Officer. www.lsp.org/troops.html