EVANSTON -Safe Kids took 30 unsafe child safety seats off Wyoming’s highways at an event in Evanston on Wednesday. The program was a collaboration between the Utah and Wyoming Highway Patrols.
Kids is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. According to the Safe Kids USA website, unintentional injuries kill more than 830,000 children annually worldwide and permanently disable even more.
To combat this problem, Safe Kids was founded in 1987 by Children’s National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson. The misuse rate of child safety seats is high. This is why the Wyoming Highway Patrol partnered with Utah Highway Patrol, Evanston Police Department and Safe Kids Uinta County on June 24th for a child safety seat check-up event in Evanston, at the Bear River Greenway Pavilion.
During the inspection event program, officers inspected a total of 70 child car safety seats. Troopers also replaced, free of charge to the family, a total of 30 car seats which were either damaged, outdated or the history of the child safety seat was unknown.
In addition, the officers provided instruction to parents/guardians on how to properly install their new child safety seats into their vehicle.
Also present at the event was a Wyoming Highway Patrol seat belt convincer. The convincer helps give hands on experience on how seat belts can keep both kids and adults safe in a crash. The officers in attendance at this event from both states have attended specialized training and are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs).
They have successfully passed a three day training course and have maintained their certifications by hands-on work with car seats and vehicles, and a community safety seat checkup event.
To learn more about Safe Kids Wyoming, visit http://www.safekidswyoming.org.