Central Basin Target Zero held a car seat check on March 25 in Quincy, resulting in 56 car seats checked, 46 brand new car seats given out and 25 unsafe seats removed.
The event, which happens every few months in Quincy, is part of a Grant County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Task Force created to try to minimize deaths and injuries related to preventable crashes.
“It’s just really important for seat belts to be in the proper position,” said Target Zero Manager Alison Mitchell. She explained that booster seats help seat belts sit in the correct positioning on children, otherwise it digs into their neck or sits across their stomach rather than on their hips. A seatbelt sitting on a child wrong during a crash can be deadly. “That’s why booster seats are so important.”
Mitchell also mentioned that this event was part of a certification course.
10 students participated in a three-day certification course at Quincy Police Department in the days leading up to the event. The students represented members of Washington State Patrol, Moses Lake Fire Department, Grant County Fire District #5 and Mattawa Police Department. This event allowed the students to finish the last requirements for their certification.
Staff at the event checked each car seat to see if it had expired, been in an accident, had any recalls or damage. They also checked to make sure that the seats fit each child properly. The task force had new car seats for children who did not have one or to replace one that did not meet the specifications for safety.
Another useful part of the event is that parents were taught how to properly secure the seats, where seatbelts were supposed to sit on their child’s body and answer any car seat related questions that the parents had.