Child safety in vehicles is a priority, especially since car crashes are still the top killer of children ages one to 12 in the U.S. Because of this, the Norcross Police Department recently became nationally certified in child passenger safety.
According to the city of Norcross website, five members of the Norcross Police Department attended and completed the National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Course. This three-and-a-half day class was offered by the University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute.
The Norcross Police Department can now educate parents about child safety and equip parents with the safest ways to secure a child in a vehicle. The Norcross police did this to help increase child passenger safety, as car crashes continue to be the number one killer of young children.
In fact, car accidents in Norcross are at a high rate currently. In January, Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers said, “car accidents in the city have doubled over the last year,” which is partly due to the city’s annexation of Jimmy Carter Boulevard.
According to state law, children under the age of eight are required to use a child safety seat or booster seat when riding in a moving motor vehicle. However, statistics have shown that many car seats are not properly installed—as many as four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly.
In order for parents to ensure their children are safe when riding in a car, the Norcross Police Department can inspect car seats and instruct in both English and Spanish how to properly install a child’s car seat. For assistance with this and to schedule an appointment, call Officer Robert Wolfe at 770-448-2111.