By Jim Donovan: The Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will be sponsoring a free Child Safety Seat Checkpoint on Saturday, June 15, 2013. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Relief Fire Company in Burlington. The Relief Fire Company is located at 1020 Neck Road.
“We have inspected over 10,500 seats since we began this program in 1998,” said Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield. “Historically, almost 90% of the seats we check have been installed incorrectly.” Nationally, approximately 75% of the child safety seats are installed incorrectly prior to the intervention of a trained child safety seat technician.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children over the age of six months. “Having a trained technician check your child’s seat could be one of the most important things you do,” stated Stanfield. The Sheriff’s Department also has drop-in hours every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Administration Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly.
Grant funding from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety pays for this program. Additional Saturday checkpoints are listed on the department webpage at www.co.burlington.nj.us. The department also has a child safety seat information line which is 609-265-5221.