Law enforcement agencies are offering to help parents, guardians, and caregivers who may be unfamiliar with the proper way to adjust child safety seats in their vehicles.

Local officers will host a child seat inspection station at the Utica Police Department later this week.

Checks will be conducted in the public parking lot closest to Cornelia Street on Friday, July 3, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

According to a written post from the UPD, "Anyone with questions on how to properly install a child seat can stop down and let a certified child seat technician help them."

No appointments are needed and police say that there are a limited number of seats available for parents and guardians whose child safety seats are expired or are in poor condition.  Those will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Local police agencies regularly conduct child safety seat checks in an effort to keep children involved in vehicular accidents safer.

In 2013, the last year for which data is available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for children ages five through fourteen and of teenagers and young adults.  They are the second leading cause of death for children under the age of four.

[EDITOR's NOTE: Data from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was compiled using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System.]


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