Local first responders and healthcare professionals care deeply about area
children and want to make sure they are safe on every ride.
That’s why four area agencies have coordinated their efforts to host
a car seat checkpoint and barbecue at the Lovelock Courthouse Park.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, February 9, the Pershing County Sheriff’s
Office, Pershing General Hospital, the Lovelock Volunteer Fire Department
and HGH EMS Rescue will host a Safe Kids Checkpoint as part of the “KISS”
(Kids in Safety Seats) Child Passenger Safety program.
All officers participating in the checkpoint are nationally certified Child
Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians.
February 9, the group’s mission will be to ensure seats are safe
and appropriate for each child’s age, height and weight; technicians
will also re-install existing car seats or install new ones based upon
each family’s needs. A limited number of new car seats will be available
based on a sliding fee scale.
Additionally, the Pershing County Sheriff’s Office DARE program will
host a free barbecue for all participants.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for Nevadans
between the ages of 5 and 34 years. Motor vehicle occupant injuries are
among the top five causes of both death and hospitalization among children
under age 16.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that
correctly used child restraints are even more effective than seat belts
at reducing fatalities. Child restraints reduce fatalities by 71 percent
for infants younger than 12 months old; for children between the ages
of 1 and 4, child restraints reduce fatalities by 54 percent.
Still, research shows 73 percent of child restraints are installed incorrectly
and would reasonably result in serious injury or death to a child.
“This group is committed to ensuring every child is properly restrained
while in a motor vehicle,” said HGH EMS Rescue Lead Safe Kids Instructor
Gricelda Soto. “Our goal is very simple: prevent disability and
death among the youngest members of our communities.”
The Safe Kids Checkpoint is free of charge; no appointment is necessary.
Families will be served on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, please call (775) 623-5222, ext. 1363.