Child Seat Restraint Inspection Event

April 4th, 2016 at 3:16 PM

Flagstaff Police Department
MEDIA RELEASE

Contact: Sgt. Margaret Bentzen phone: 928 556 2300
mbentzen@coconino.az.gov

FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHILD SEAT RESTRAINT INSPECTION EVENT

Flagstaff Police Department. (04-04-2016). On Saturday, April 2, 2016 the Flagstaff Police Department partnered with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Coconino County Safe Kids, and the Coconino County Public Health Department as well as the Arizona Department of Public Safety in inspecting and certifying child restraint systems.

The event was located in the parking lot of the Law Enforcement facility at 911 Sawmill. The inspection stations were set up and a total of 44 car seats were checked and properly secured. Five new child restraint seats were distributed, and 3 seats were recycled for recall/expirations. FPD Officers with the Traffic Unit were on hand to answer questions and provide information regarding traffic safety.

This event was held in conjunction with April being “Child Abuse Awareness” month, as well as the beginning of a traffic campaign by the Flagstaff Police Department to increase awareness and compliance with the required use of child restraint systems. (ARS 28-907)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

• Car seat use reduces the risk of death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1 – 4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.
• Booster seat use reduces the risk of serious injury by 45% for children aged 4-8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.
• For older children and adults, seat belts use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately half.

The Flagstaff Police Department’s primary mission is to protect and preserve life, and children are some of the most vulnerable members of our community therefore violators should expect to receive citations if stopped for child seat restraint non-compliance.

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