Safe Kids Columbus hosts car seat distribution and course

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus group is teaching parents how to keep their young passengers safe on the road.

To close out Child Passenger Safety Week, Safe Kids Columbus showed families the safest way to lock their children in place before putting the car into drive.

They hosted a booster and car seat distribution at Hollywood Connection on Saturday, Sept. 27. Expert volunteers weighed and measured children for proper seat fitting, and showed parents how to properly install the safety seats into their cars.

Pamela Fair, Director of Safe Kids Columbus, says, "Safe Kid's purpose is to review emergency room data, trauma room data and also fatality review board data. And we see that the trend is—in our area—motor vehicle crashes is the leading cause of death among our kids, and we really want to try to stop that trend, and to help parents understand how to properly restrain their children in a vehicle."

After the course, the parents were instructed to drive around, and a certified car safety person installed their seats. The car or booster seats are for kids ages two to four, and cost only five dollars at the event.

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