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Modesto Police Department
Tuesday August 11th, 2009 :: 09:47 a.m. PDT


Law enforcment agencies will be conducting two free safety seat checks in Stanislaus County in the month of August.

Child Safety Seat Help in August

STANISLAUS COUNTY, CA- Based on surveys and studies conducted throughout Stanislaus County, it is estimated that over 90% of child safety seats are installed or used incorrectly. In order to better assist parents and ensure children ride safer, the Modesto Police Department along with other Stanislaus County law enforcement agencies will work together to conduct free child safety seat check events on Saturday, August 15th in the City of Oakdale and Saturday, August 22nd in the City of Turlock.

These car seat checks give parents and caregivers the opportunity to learn how to install and use child safety seats correctly. Nationally certified car seat technicians will be on site to assist parents and caregivers in making sure children are riding in the appropriate seat for their age, weight, and height. Properly securing a child in a child safety seat will reduce the risk of that child suffering serious injury or even death if involved in a traffic collision.

Dates, times, and locations for these events are as follows:

Saturday, August 15th – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
St Mary’s Church, 1225 Olive St, Oakdale

Saturday, August 22nd – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Safeway Parking Lot, 3501 Countryside Dr, Turlock

“These events are a great opportunity to educate the community on proper child safety seat use,” said Community Service Officer Natalie Thomason of the Modesto Police Department’s Traffic Unit and Coordinator of the “Buckle up Stanislaus” project. “We look forward to assisting parents and grandparents at these events in order to help ensure that children are riding correctly in the appropriate child seat.”

This car seat checkup event is being conducted as part of the Modesto Police Department’s “Buckle up Stanislaus” grant project, a $139,761 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The “Buckle up Stanislaus” program is education-based and designed to decrease child passenger injury and death by increasing the proper use of child safety seats throughout Stanislaus County.

Anyone who is unable to attend one of these events but would like to have a free car seat check may schedule an appointment in their community by contacting the Modesto Police Department at (209) 342-9195, the Turlock Police Department at (209) 668-5550, or the Oakdale Police Department at (209) 845-3511.

For information about this news release, contact police spokesperson Sergeant Brian Findlen at (209) 652-1386.

Modesto Police Department
600 10th St
Modesto, CA 95354

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-572-9500

Brian Findlen
Office of the Chief of Police

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