Sept. 12 is National Seat Check Day

Friday, September 4, 2009
Greencastle Mayor Sue Murray, center, signed a proclamation Thursday at City Hall declaring Sept. 12 at National Seat Check Saturday and Sept. 12-18 as National Child Passenger Safety Week. Present for the signing were (front from left) Darcy Hendershot, a car seat technician with Greencastle Police Department; Jennifer Bedwell, clinic/marketing coordinator with Putnam County Hospital; Therese Cunningham, State Farm Insurance; and (back row) Brad Tucker, State Farm Insurance; Darren Berry, Berry Insurance; Greencastle Police Chief Tom Sutherlan, a car seat technician and GPD Sgt. Chris Jones, a car seat technician.

GREENCASTLE -- Mayor Sue Murray signed a proclamation Thursday declaring Sept. 12 as National Seat Check Saturday and Sept. 12 through Sept. 18 as National Child Passenger Safety Week.

The proclamation states, National Seat Check Saturday and Child Passenger Safety Week will provide communities and organizations an opportunity to join together through public information, education and enforcement efforts to work toward increasing the correct use of safety seats and booster seats by focusing public attention on the lifesaving benefits that will help significantly reduce death and serious injury to children in a motor vehicle accident.

In 2006, an average of five children 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes with 640 children injured every day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while 98 percent of America's infants and 96 percent of children ages 1 to 3 are now regularly restrained, not enough children of all ages are restrained properly for their size and age.

Parents, grandparents, guardians and citizens are invited to take advantage of the Greencastle Police Car Seat Safety Check Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 12 at Putnam County Hospital.

Berry Insurance Agency, Therese Cunningham Insurance and Brad Tucker Insurance are sponsoring the event.

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