Press Release - 01-31-2020

DMV News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 31, 2020

Contacts:
Lisa Koumjian
[email protected]

Tim O’Brien
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New York State DMV and the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Announce Free Child Seat Inspections and Assistance During February

Free Inspections Offered in Albany, Erie, Livingston, Madison, Niagara and Suffolk Counties

Free Inspections by Appointment Offered Year-Round

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) today announced that free car seat inspections are available to parents and caregivers during the month of February throughout the state. As part of a yearlong safety initiative, state and local law enforcement agencies, together with various community safety partners, are offering free inspections by certified child passenger safety technicians.

DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “The best protection for any child traveling in a motor vehicle is to ensure his or her car seat or booster seat is well-fitted and properly installed. I encourage all parents and caregivers to take advantage of these free events and give yourself the peace of mind knowing that your children are safeguarded when they are on the road with you.”

These events aim to ensure all parents and caregivers understand how to choose an appropriate seat for the child’s age and size and how to install the seat correctly. Trained technicians will use the model of “Learn, Practice, and Explain” to educate caregivers on how to select a child restraint that will fit their child, fit their vehicle and be used correctly every time.

Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers in passenger vehicles. 

The following car seat check events are scheduled across the state in February:

CAPITAL REGION

February 12                         Albany County
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
State Police Latham, 760 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Technical Sergeant Donald Fougere at 518-783-3258 or
[email protected]

CENTRAL NEW YORK

February 25                         Madison County
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
New York State Police Oneida, 261 Genesee Street, Oneida, N.Y. 13421
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Trooper Alan Heath at (315) 366-6000 or [email protected]

FINGER LAKES

February 15                           Livingston County
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Livonia Fire Department
4213 South Livonia Road, Livonia, N.Y. 14487
Agency: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Livingston County
Contact: Jaime Johnson at (585) 991-5420

LONG ISLAND

February 2                            Suffolk County
8 a.m. — 2 p.m. By Appointment Only
State Police Farmingdale Headquarters, 7140 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Sergeant James Walters at (631) 756-3389 or
[email protected]

February 15                         Suffolk County
8 a.m. — 2 p.m. By Appointment Only
State Police Farmingdale Headquarters, 7140 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Sergeant James Walters at (631) 756-3389 or [email protected]

February 23                         Suffolk County
8 a.m. — 2 p.m. By Appointment Only
State Police Farmingdale Headquarters, 7140 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Sergeant James Walters at (631) 756-3389 or [email protected]

WESTERN NEW YORK

February 1                            Niagara County
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston, N.Y. 14092
Agency: Catholic Health of Buffalo
Contact: (716) 447-6205

February 1                            Erie County
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Catholic Health Administrative and Regional Training Center, 144 Genesee Road, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203
Agency: Catholic Health of Buffalo
Contact: (716) 447-6205

February 12                         Niagara County
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility, 5574 Niagara St. Ext., Lockport, N.Y. 14094
Agency: Niagara County Sheriff's Office of Traffic Safety
Contact Cathleen Davis at (716) 438-3464

If you cannot attend one of the listed free car seat check events, you can make an appointment with a child seat inspection site near you. The above schedule may be subject to changes. Find more information on upcoming car seat check events near you.  See ratings on all car seats.

In addition to car seat inspections, parents and caregivers can view a series of videos produced by NHSTA on proper installation of rear-facing and forward-facing car seats and booster seats. NHTSA also offers information on registering a child safety seat and finding the right car seat based a child’s age and size.

For more information about DMV, visit dmv.ny.gov, or follow DMV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information about GTSC, visit safeny.ny.gov, or follow GTSC on Facebook and Twitter

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