The Tift County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, the Sheriff’s Office and the Tift County Health Department will work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Tift County. This program, funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles. Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the program prevented serious injury or death and saved 344 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. “It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” said Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough. “The Car Seat Mini-Grant is a great opportunity to help our community and help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.” In Tift County, the Sheriff’s Office and the health department will educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, will offer car-seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. Each recipient must meet certain economic guidelines. They then sign up at the health department for a monthly class that members of the Sheriff’s Office teach, pay a $10 fee and attend the two-hour training class. The class is held the last Tuesday of each month at the health department from 5 to 7 p.m. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages one to four years old in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk, the NHTSA says. For information about the Tift County car seat program, call the Sheriff’s Office at 229-388-6021 or the Tift County Health Department at 229-386-8373. If you would like information regarding other counties in the program, contact the Ga. Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 404-463-1487.
Source: Tifton Grapevine