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BSO PLANS CHILD SEAT INSPECTIONS DURING SAFETY WEEK

National Child Passenger Safety Week is February 10-16, 2002 and the Broward Sheriff's Office is offering free car seat safety checks in Tamarac, Oakland Park, Pompano Beach and Western Broward.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration numbers show that in 2000 alone, more than half of all the children under the age of 15 who were not restrained during a car crash died. Further, NHTSA numbers show that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids ages 4 to 14 and that using child safety seats reduces fatal injuries by 71-percent for infants and by more than 54-percent for toddlers (ages 1-4).

To help make Broward a safer place for our children, deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office will check car seats for proper installation, fix any repairable problems with the seats, make sure the seats haven’t been the subject of a recall, and offer replacement seats while supplies last.

The child safety seat inspections will be held at the following locations:

· In Oakland Park every Tuesday morning by appointment at BSO’s District 12 Office, 301 NE 38th Street from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. To make an appointment, call (954) 561-6161.

· In Pompano Beach on February 12th starting at 8:00 am at BSO’s District 11 Office, 100 SW 3 Street. For more information contact Sgt. Alan Bock at (954) 786-4201.

· In Weston on February 14th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Weston Regional Healthpark, 2300 North Commerce Parkway. For further information call Dep. Dave Schupp at (954) 389-2030.

· In Tamarac on February 16th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Tamarac City Hall, 7525 NW 88 Avenue. For more information call Dep. Brad Miller at (954) 720-2225.

This release by:

Veda Coleman-Wright / PIO

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