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BSO HELPS KEEP CHILDREN SAFE

National Child Passenger Safety Week is February 10-16, 2002 and the Broward Sheriff's Office District-12 is offering free safety checks with deputies replacing child safety seats, as needed, for Oakland Park residents.

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.

Every Tuesday morning by appointment, BSO deputies will hold a Car Seat Safety Check at District-12 headquarters, 301 NE 38th Street, Oakland Park from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. The checks are available to Oakland Park residents with proper identification. To make an appointment, call (954) 561-6161.

This release by:

Hugh Graf / Media Relations

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