According to Cpl. Joseph Paull “parents are the most important factor in ensuring that children are securely placed in the proper child safety seat for the child and the proper child safety seat for the vehicle.”
On June 18, 2016 the Arkadelphia Police Department will conduct a child safety seat checkup event at Arkadelphia Police Department. This is a first for the Arkadelphia Police Department, with many more to follow.
“Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly,” Cpl. Joseph Paull said.
“You don’t just put it in the car and snap it,” he said. The safety belt must be routed through the correct slots on the child safety seat, and the child safety seat should be secure enough that it doesn’t move more than an inch from side to side or toward the front of the vehicle at the belt path.
Certified child passenger safety technicians will go over the checkup form with parents and point out what is correct and incorrect with each child safety seat. They will then properly install the child safety seats, take them back out, then allow the parents to re-install them.
Inspections may take up to 45 minutes each, he said, depending on how many pointers are given to the parents.
Cpl. Paull said besides buckling a child in properly, there are other measures to take to help ensure child safety. Put bags of groceries in the trunk of a car or in the very back of a sport utility vehicle or van. In a crash, cans and jars can turn into deadly projectiles, he said.
Also, never place an infant in the front seat of a car especially with a passenger side air bag. The safest place for all children 12 and under is the back seat.
For families with more than one child, tips on the safest seat positions for all the children will be given out.
The checkup event, from 8am to 4pm on Saturday, June 18, 2016 is free. Future events are listed below.
For more information on this or any future event, please call or email Cpl. Joseph Paull at 870-246-4545 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Sgt. Robert Jones at email@example.com, Cpl. Adam Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ofc. Chris Sparks at email@example.com. Please feel free to call the Arkadelphia Police Department or anyone of the certified child safety seat instructors above to have your name placed on a sign-up sheet for any of the following child safety seat checkup clinics. This is not required, but would help the technicians in pre planning. ****Please note that locations and times may change****
Events Dates and Locations
Date Location Time
Saturday, June 18th Arkadelphia Police Department 8am to 4pm
Saturday, June 25th Arkadelphia Police Department 8am to 4pm
Sunday, June 26th Arkadelphia Police Department 8am to 4pm
Saturday, July 9th Arkadelphia Police Department 8am to 4pm
Sunday, July 10th Arkadelphia Police Department 8am to 4pm
Sunday, July 17th Arkadelphia Police Department 8am to 4pm