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Major Ken Howes or
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release March 12, 2002:

TALLAHASSEE: Free child safety seat checks will now be offered every Friday morning 8:00-11:00 A.M. at the Florida Highway Patrol Station on Mahan Drive (Hwy 90). Parents can come by the Florida Highway Patrol station here in Tallahassee to have their child’s safety seat checked for proper installation and use by a team of FHP personnel who are Child Passenger Safety AAA Certified Technicians.

In Florida last year, over 96% of all child passenger safety seats were improperly installed, according to a survey conducted by AAA. To help ensure children ride safely on Florida’s roadways, the Florida Highway Patrol offers free child safety seat checks as a public service. Parents seeking to have their child’s safety seat checked should bring the child and the seat to the FHP station on Friday mornings from 8:00-11:00 A.M. Certified personnel will check to make sure the seat is not too small, the wrong fit for the child or vehicle, the wrong type, out of date or expired (more than 6 years old), damaged or inoperable, listed on the recall list, too loose, or improperly installed. A Certified Technician will determine whether the car seat is unsafe and should be replaced. If the parent cannot afford to purchase a new child safety seat for their child, the Florida Highway Patrol will replace it free of charge for those who qualify.

Expectant mothers who cannot afford to buy a child safety seat for their unborn child and wish to obtain a free car seat must (1) offer proof that they cannot afford to buy a seat on their own or sign an Attestation Form, OR be referred from an approved social service agency AND (3) be within one month of their delivery date to receive a free child safety seat.

In addition to offering child safety seat checks every Friday at the station in Tallahassee, the Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting checks one Saturday per month in a neighboring county as follows: Saturday, March 16, 9:00-12:00 at Winn Dixie in Monticello; Sat., April 13, 9:00-12:00 at Winn Dixie in Madison; and May 18, 9:00-12:00 at Winn Dixie in Perry.

For additional information, call Kim Hackler, FHP/Office of Public Affairs (850-617-2379)


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