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Child safety seat event helped parents, children in Palestine

PALESTINE, Marcy 28, 2013--A successful child safety seat event helped save injuries and lives in Palestine.  The event was a great partnership between Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety, Anderson County Extension Service and the Texas Department of Transportation.  The event had full technician and volunteer support from the Anderson County Extension Office, State Farm Insurance, the Master Wellness Program, Mother Frances Hospital, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

Each technician and volunteer did an excellent job to make sure the event ran smoothly, and together they made sure that every child left the event riding safely.  It was evident that all of the parents were thankful for the education they received at the event and the peace of mind in knowing that their children were safe and secure.  It was a great opportunity to help families in Anderson County.

Statistics from the event:

  • 35 car seat inspections
  • No children arrived correctly restrained
  • 25 new seats issued
  • 13 old/unsafe seats collected
  • 4 children arrived totally unrestrained or inappropriately in a seat belt

The proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs, avoidance of lost future earnings, and improved quality of life.  These economic benefits are an estimated $1,988 per child age 0 to 4 and $2,347 per child age 4 to 7 for new seats distributed, and $558 per child for seat misuse corrected with an assumed 75% continued use.  Based on this formula, the total economic impact for the 35 inspections at the event on March 21, is $42,614!

For more information regarding car seat safety, contact Holly Black, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent at 903-723-3735.  We appreciate everyone’s commitment to keeping children riding safely.

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