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San Joaquin County has received a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for nearly $100,000 to be used to fund more child safety education programs throughout the county, officials said.
The $97,000 one-year grant will focus on helping parents and caregivers learn how to keep children safe in cars and properly install car seats and booster seats for children.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, despite car seats and boosters providing protection for infants and children in a crash, car crashes are the main cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.
Some activities that will be held until September 2022 include learning to properly install and use child safety seats, one-on-one appointments to help install children’s car seats and booster seats, child passenger safety technician training, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration certification.
“Not sure your child’s seat is installed correctly? Or questions about what seat is right for your child? Public Health Services has bilingual, NHTSA-certified safety technicians who can help,” said San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Maggie Park.
Car seat check-ups will be offered by appointment on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the public health service’s fitting station located at 420 S. Wilson Way in Stockton.
Residents can make an appointment by calling 209-468-8914.