Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date February 12, 2002
Contact Lieutenant John Wallace
Phone (909) 826-5836
Fax (909) 826-5699


National Child Passenger Safety Week
Child Safety Seat Clinic

Riverside, Ca-  The Riverside Police and Fire Departments in conjunction with the Riverside Office of Education, Riverside EMS, California Highway Patrol and Loma Linda Safe Kids will be presenting a "Child Safety Seat Clinic" on Wednesday, February 13, 2002. The car seat clinic will allow parents to have their car seats inspected for safety and proper installation.

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Time: 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.
Location: 3333 Arlington Avenue, Riverside
(Target Store parking lot)

This event will highlight child passenger safety issues including education on the new law that went into effect January 1, 2002. This law requires all children to be properly secured in an approved child restraint to age 6 or to 60 pounds.

This is a combined effort of many agencies to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities through child passenger safety education. Education is extremely important with the new California law changing the car seat requirements.

Car crashes are the number one killer of children in America, killing more children than all childhood diseases combined. Annually, motor vehicle crashes kill more than 40,000 Americans and injure 3 million, at an annual cost to society of over $1.5 billion. In California, more than 3,000 people die and 190,000 are injured each year; Alcohol is a factor in approximately 30% of the fatalities. Riverside County ranks fifth in the state for the highest number of childhood traffic injuries and fatalities.

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