A couple expecting their first child came to get their car seat checked at the event. (Photo: Contributed)

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a car seat check in recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week.

At an event earlier this week, officials discussed the importance of making sure parents and caregivers use child safety seats and vehicle restraints correctly.

The event was part of the HCSO Safe Journey Program, and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger proclaimed the week of Sept. 17–23 National Child Passenger Safety Week in Hamilton County.

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Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said:

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of unintentional injury and death to children under the age of 14. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, four out of five car seats are not used correctly. The Safe Journey Program allows us an opportunity to help educate the public on the proper use of car seats in order to help make sure all our community’s car seats are used the right way.

AAA Motor Club public relations specialist Megan Osborne attended the event and discussed her organization’s efforts to help educate the public about distracted driving and how parents should try to be responsible role models for children so they establish safe driving habits early.

“Adults think the little ones aren’t paying attention to what they are doing behind the wheel—but they are,” she said. “It is never too early to start the safe driving conversation, even if your kiddo is years from getting behind the wheel. AAA encourages parents and adults to take a look at their own driving habits … What bad driving behavior are you modeling for the watchful eyes in the back seat?”

The HCSO Safe Journey Program is funded by a grant from the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. More information about the HCSO Safe Journey Program, including dates of future car seat checks, can be found here.

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