Press Release - 09-27-2019

DMV News

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 27, 2019

Contacts:
Lisa Koumjian
[email protected]

Tim O’Brien
[email protected]

 

NEW YORK STATE DMV AND THE GOVERNOR’S TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE FREE CHILD SEAT INSPECTIONS AND ASSISTANCE DURING OCTOBER

Free Inspections Offered in Albany, Broome, Clinton, Cortland, Erie, Niagara, Onondaga, Oswego, Ulster, Wayne and Wyoming 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 October throughout the state. 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.

DMV Commissioner and GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13, but using properly installed child safety seats can significantly reduce the risk of death or injury in a crash. We urge all parents and caregivers to take advantage of these free trainings and learn the proper techniques to ensure a safe experience on the road.  When it comes to protecting our children, we can never be too cautious.”

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 child safety seat checks are scheduled across the state in October:

CAPITAL REGION

October 2                             Albany County
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ogden Mills Head Start, 1 Ogden Plaza, Cohoes, NY 12047
Agency: Albany County Traffic Safety Board
Contact: Bill Van Alstyne at (518) 765-2565

October 23                           Albany County
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
New York State Police, 760 Troy Schenectady Rd., Latham, NY 12110
Agency: New York State Police
Contact: Trooper Donald Fougere at (518) 783-3258

CENTRAL NEW YORK

October 11                           Oswego County
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Parish Public Library, 3 Church St., Parish, NY 13131
Agency: Oswego County Traffic Safety Board
Contact: Kyle Boeckmann at (315) 343-2344 Ext. 22

October 19                           Cortland County
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Beaudry Park
Scammel Street, Cortland NY, 13045
Agency: Cortland County Health Department
Contact: Rebecca Smith at (607) 758-5509

October 24                           Onondaga County
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Manlius Fire Department, 8200 Cazenovia Rd, Manlius, NY 13104
Agency: Manlius Police Department
Contact: Ken Hatter at (315) 682-2212

FINGER LAKES

October 9                             Wyoming County
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Strykersville Fire Department
594 Minkel Rd., Strykersville, NY 14011
Agency: Wyoming County Health Department
Contact: Jillian Calmes at (585) 786-8890

October 12                           Wayne County
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ontario Fire Hall, 6160 Walter Cone Drive, Ontario, NY 14519
Agency: Wayne County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Heather Laws at (315) 946-5786

October 24                           Wayne County
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
South Macedon Fire Hall, 1 Canal Park, Macedon, NY 14502
Agency: Wayne County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Heather Laws at (315) 946-5786

MID-HUDSON

October 26                           Ulster County
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Ellenville Regional Hospital, 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville, NY 12428
Agency: Ulster County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Deb Prusack at (845) 338-3640

NORTH COUNTRY

October 12                           Clinton County
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lowe's Home Improvement Store
39 Centre Drive, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Agency: Clinton County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Anika Craig at (518) 565-4397

October 19                           Clinton County
10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department
8 Pleasant St, Keeseville, NY 12944
Agency: Clinton County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Anika Craig at (518) 565-4397

SOUTHERN TIER

October 12                           Broome County
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Town of Binghamton Community Center, 1905 Coleman Road, Binghamton, NY 13903
Agency: Broome County Health Department and Sheriff's Office
Contact: Christine Muss at (607) 778-2807

WESTERN NEW YORK

October 1                             Niagara County
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lewiston Town Hall, 1375 Ridge Road, Lewiston, NY 14092
Agency: Lewiston Police Department
Contact: Officer Michael Salada at (716) 754-8477

October 5                             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

October 5                             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

October 9                             Niagara County
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility, 5574 Niagara St. Ext., Lockport, NY 14094
Agency: Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Cathleen Davis at (716) 438-3464

If you cannot attend one of the listed free child car seat check-up 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 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 DMV on Facebook and Twitter.

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