Press Release - 04-30-2019

DMV News

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Contacts:
Tim O’Brien
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Darren Boysen
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NEW YORK STATE DMV AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE FREE CHILD SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE DURING MAY

Free Inspections Offered in Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Columbia, Delaware, Erie, Niagara, Orange, Rockland, Schenectady, Steuben, Suffolk and Tompkins 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 child seat inspections are available to parents and caregivers during the month of May in Albany, Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Columbia, Delaware, Erie, Niagara, Rockland, Schenectady, Steuben, Suffolk and Tompkins counties. As part of a year-long safety initiative, state and local law enforcement agencies, together with various community safety partners, are offering free inspections by certified child passenger safety technicians.

Acting DMV Commissioner and Acting GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “With the summer approaching, many families throughout New York State are making plans to travel. I urge parents and caregivers to learn how to properly install their children’s car seats before hitting the road. These free inspections are a great resource to help you ensure your child’s safety as you travel.”

These events aim to ensure all parents and caregivers are properly trained to choose an appropriate seat for the child’s age and size and to properly install the seat in the safest manner. 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 child safety seat checks are scheduled across the state in May:

CAPITAL REGION

May 4                         Albany County
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Albany Medical Center Parking Garage
40 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Agency: Albany Police Department / Albany Medical Center
Contact: Dan Moran at (518) 262-1203

May 6                         Albany County
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Elm Avenue Park
261 Elm Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054
Agency: Bethlehem Police Department / Albany County DPW
Contact: Sgt. Frank Muller at (518) 439-9973

May 8                         Albany County
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
State Police – Latham
760 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham, NY 12110
Agency: New York State Police
Appointment Required
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258

May 16                       Schenectady County
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
South Schenectady Fire Department
6 Old Mariaville Road, Schenectady, NY 12306
Agency: Rotterdam Police Department / Capital Region Safe Kids
Contact: Sgt. Keith Collins at (518) 355-7331

May 17                       Columbia County
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Germantown Central School
123 Main Street, Germantown, NY 12526
Agency: Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Peter Grzeskow at (518) 828-3344

LONG ISLAND

May 18                       Suffolk County
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
North Patchogue Fire Department
33 Davidson Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772
Agency: North Patchogue Fire Department
Contact: Angela Brockmann at (631) 674-7100 ext. 219

MID-HUDSON

May 18                       Orange County
10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Goshen School Administration Building Parking Lot
227 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924
Agency: Village of Goshen Police Department
Contact: Sgt. Ryan W. Rich at (845) 294-7988

May 19                       Rockland County
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jewish Community Center
450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
Agency: Safe Kids Westchester / Rockland
Contact: Tony Vacca at (914) 693-1700 ext. 104

SOUTHERN TIER

May 11                       Tompkins County
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tompkins County Sheriff's Office
779 Warren Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Agency: Tompkins County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Makenzi Alling at (607) 257-1345

May 14                       Broome County
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
St. James Catholic Church
155 Main Street, Johnson City, NY 13790
Agency: Broome County Health Department
Contact: Christine Muss at (607) 778-2807

May 16                       Steuben County
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
8516 Main Street, Campbell, NY 14821
Agency: Ardent Solutions
Contact: Gwen Cooper at (585) 593-5223 ext 1017

May 19                       Delaware County
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Delaware Valley Hospital
1 Titus Place, Walton, NY 13856
Agency: Delaware County Public Health
Contact: Heather Warner at (607) 832-5200

WESTERN NEW YORK

May 2                         Chautauqua County
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
35 Park Place, Silver Creek, NY 14136
Agency: Ardent Solutions
Contact: Gwen Cooper at (585) 593-5223 ext 1017

May 4                         Niagara County
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wilson Fire Co. No. 1
250 Young Street, Wilson, NY 14172
Agency: Niagara County Sheriff's Office of Traffic Safety
Contact: Cathleen Davis at (716) 438-3464

May 4                         Niagara County
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mount Saint Mary's Hospital
5300 Military Road, Lewiston, NY 14092
Agency: Catholic Health of Buffalo, Safe Kids of Western New York
By Appointment Only
Contact: Health Connections at (716) 447-6205

May 4                         Erie County
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Catholic Health Administration and Training Center
144 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Agency: Catholic Health of Buffalo, Safe Kids of Western New York
By Appointment Only
Contact: Health Connections at (716) 447-6205

May 14                       Chautauqua County
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
200 Harrison Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
Agency: Ardent Solutions
Contact: Gwen Cooper at (585) 593-5223 ext 1017

May 18                       Erie County
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
West Herr Subaru
3559 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, NY 14127
Agency: Orchard Park Police Department
Contact: Officer Kristen Mazur at (716) 662-6444

May 21                       Allegany County
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Allegany County Sheriff's Office
4884 NY State Route 19, Belmont, NY 14813
Agency: Allegany County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Gwendolyn Cooper at (505) 808-2502 or Jim Daugherty at (716) 200-9678

May 22                       Cattaraugus County
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Delevan, 18 Church Street, Delevan, NY 14042
Agency: Ardent Solutions
Contact: Gwen Cooper at (585) 593-5223 ext 1017

If you cannot attend one of the listed free child car seat inspections, 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 child safety seat checks 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 the DMV conversation online at Facebook and Twitter.

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

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