Contact: Jennifer Wright
Phone: (915) 790-4340
Date: Feb. 5, 2018
The Texas Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office—Clint Patrol Station and El Paso Children’s Hospital, will be conducting a car seat check event for residents in the Lower Valley. The interactive safety event is scheduled for:
Friday, Feb. 16
noon - 2 p.m.
190 N. San Elizario Road
(Justice of the Peace Precinct 6 parking lot)
Clint, TX 79836
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 14 years old or younger. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that roughly three out of four child safety seats are not used correctly.
"Each year our local TxDOT District Office installs hundreds of car seats and we’ve seen very few installed correctly," said Traffic Safety Specialist Monica O’Kane. "Parents think it is easy and rarely read the instructions."
O’Kane along with deputies who are certified CPS technicians will be on-hand to provide education on proper use and correct installation of car seats. Residents must bring their child and/or children along with the car seat or booster seat the child is currently using.
"The number one mistake I have seen is the harness around the child is too loose," said O’Kane. "Parents may also not be aware car seats expire due to use, environmental conditions or severity of a crash."
Residents are encouraged to show up early as technicians at the event will assist attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more details on child safety, visit the Click It or Ticket website.
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.