The Leesburg Police Department will conduct a “National Seat Check” today (Thursday) and Friday at the Costco store in Leesburg.
Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. to check car seats for proper installation and advise parents and caregivers how to choose the right car seats and install them properly in their vehicles.
"This is the third year in a row that Costco has hosted a child safety seat event," said Leesburg Police Chief Joseph R. Price in a press release. "With support from the public like this, the Leesburg Police Department hopes to promote the proper use of child safety seats and keep children safe while riding in a car. “
According to the release, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Crash data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2010 shows that about 2 children 12 or younger were killed and 325 were injured each day in passenger vehicles.
“You can never predict or control what other drivers might do or how the weather might change the safety of a roadway,” Price said. “The best way to protect your kids is to put them in the right car seats for their age and size and use those seats correctly on every trip, every time. By attending the Leesburg Police Department car seat event this upcoming Thursday or Friday, parents and caregivers can be sure their kids are riding as safely as possible.”
The Leesburg Police Department Child Safety seat event will be held in the parking area of the Leesburg COSTCO located at 1300 Edwards Ferry Road, in Leesburg. The event is open to everyone and parents are encouraged to take advantage of this free service.
For more information on car seat safety visit www.safercar.gov/therightseat.