Pershing, Humboldt County Personnel Unite for Car Seat Checkpoint, Barbecue

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.