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Car seat safety checks offered in Sylvester


Many children are safer thanks to an outreach effort Friday afternoon by law enforcers from around south Georgia. They gathered in Sylvester to teach parents about car seat safety.

One simple click could save your child's life and law enforcement from around the state pitched-in to spread the word on how to properly secure your child in a safety seat. 

"Our objective and goal here is to make sure every child or person that comes through leaves safer than when they came," said Paramedic Ace Kent Phoebe EMS.

"The height and the weight and the age make a difference with the car seat because you always want your child to be safe and in the proper car seat at all times," said Brian Murray Sylvester Fire Dept. 

Officers weren't here to write citations.  Instead, the goal was to educate the public. 

"The statistics actually show that when a child is in a child restraint properly and all that he has a greater chance of surviving then if they are not buckled or anything," said Sgt. Jeff Fordham Leesburg Police Dept. 

Folks at the University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute are concerned that parents aren't getting the safety information they need.  

"Our real goal is to get that knowledge transferred from the technician to the parents in the local community so we want mom and dad to know how to install their car seat and use it correctly every time they get in the car to go on a trip," said Andrew Turnage CPS Coordinator. 

Some parents who attended the course said they are more aware of how to keep their child safe.

"I take away knowing that the people really do care about the safety of our kids and that they're caring people out here and I've learned a lot more about safety with my children then I did before I came," said Reginald Carter, parent.

Local law enforcers say they're happy to assist the public with properly securing children anytime. 

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