State Police offering child car seat inspections on Saturday

By Robert Rhoden, The Times-Picayune
on September 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM, updated September 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM Email | Print

State police and members of the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force on Saturday will provide free car seat inspections and information on their use at several locations in the New Orleans area and beyond. In connection with Child Passenger Safety Week, technicians will be on hand to conduct seat inspections ensuring proper installation of each child’s safety seat, Trooper Nick Manale, of Troop L, said in a news release.

Parents and caregivers also will be provided with life-saving information regarding the appropriate seat for each child’s age, weight, and height, he said. Child safety seats including booster seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, Manale said. When properly installed and used, child seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for children under 1, and by 54 percent for children 1- to 4-years-old. But an estimated three of every four car seats are not used properly, Manale said.

Inspections will be held Saturday at the following locations:

* Troop A Region – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Brilliant Minds Learning Center
1421 Gardere Lane
Baton Rouge, LA 70820

* Troop B Region – 9 a.m. to noon

St. Bernard Parish government complex
8201 West Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043

* Troop C Region – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Houma Walmart
1633 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Houma, LA 70360

* Troop I Region – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Boulevard
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517

* Troop L Region – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mandeville Kmart
3555 Highway 190
Mandeville, LA 70471
985-893-6250 Ext: 628

In addition to Saturday’s events, every Louisiana State Police Troop Headquarters serves as a grant-funded Child Passenger Safety fitting station on designated days throughout the week. In addition, technicians are available upon request to perform inspections at daycare centers, schools, and various community events. There are also programs available to those individuals who may not be able to afford a child safety seat, Manale said.

To schedule an appointment, learn about a troop area’s inspection day, or arrange for a check up event, contact your region’s State Police public information officer.