Knoxville Police Department Takes Part In National Child Passenger Safety Week

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Knoxville Police Department Takes Part In National Child Passenger Safety Week

Posted: 09/10/2015
CHild Safety Seat CheckpointThe Knoxville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to educate parents and caregivers during national Child Passenger Safety week, taking place September 13-19. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children ages 1 to 13. From 2009 to 2013, an estimated 611,000 children were injured, and 3,335 were killed while riding in cars, pickups, vans, and SUVs.

To kick off the special week, KPD will be conducting a free child car seat checkpoint on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 917 E. Fifth Avenue.  

The best way to keep your child safe is to use car seats that are age and size-appropriate. Cars seats make a difference, and having the right car seat installed and used the right way is critical. Too often, parents move their children to the front seat before they should, which increases the risk of injury and death. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat of the car.

NHTSA recommends keeping children rear-facing as long as possible up to the top height or weight allowed by their particular seats. Once a child outgrows the rear-facing only “infant” car seat, he/she should travel in a rear-facing “convertible” or all-in-one car seat. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing size limits, he or she is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness and tether. After outgrowing the forward-facing car seats, children should be placed in booster seats until they’re the right size to use seat belts safely. 

“Data collected at car seat check events indicate that 82% of Tennessee children are not properly restrained,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “This could be that they are using the wrong seat for their age or height, that they are not using a seat at all, or that the seat itself was not installed correctly. Certified child passenger safety technicians are located at 128 fitting stations across the state. They are able to inspect your vehicle, seat, and child’s information to see what installation will best fit your needs and keep your little ones the safest.”

For more information on child passenger safety laws and to find a fitting station or child passenger safety technician near you, visit http://tntrafficsafety.org/programs/child-passenger-safety.

Directions to Saturday’s KPD car seat checkpoint:
From I-40 take exit 389 (Broadway – Hall of Fame exit), Take Hall of Fame Drive toward downtown, In 0.4 of a mile turn left onto East Fifth Avenue beside the Fraternal Order of Police building, go 0.1 of a mile and turn left into the parking lot after going under the railroad trestle.  

Schedule of future car seat checkpoints:
October 10, 2015
November 14, 2015
December 12, 2015
January 9, 2016
February 13, 2016
March 12, 2016