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New "Safe Journey" PSA to Prevent Improper Child Safety Seat Use Unveiled

06/09/2015

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2015

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Releases New

"Safe Journey" PSA to Prevent Improper Use of Child Safety Seats and Restraints

Hamilton County, TN - Today the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office officially released a Public Service Announcements (60 second) regarding "Safe Journey." The purpose of this PSA is to garner support and disperse information to the public on the "Safe Journey" Program.

Safe Journey addresses occupant protection and the correct use of child passenger safety devices (car seats) through public and professional education and awareness. Safe Journey is an education outlet for community organizations and agencies interested in offering child passenger safety information and education to families and care givers of young children. The staff of Safe Journey conducts weekly car seat checkpoints in Hamilton County and surrounding areas.

Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of unintentional injury and death to children under the age of 14. Child restraints (car seats) reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers. Booster seats reduce the risk of injury by 59% compared to seat belts alone. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 4 out of 5 cars seats are NOT used correctly. The Center for Disease Control states, "There is strong evidence that child-safety laws, safety seat distribution, and education programs are effective in increasing safety seat use."

Each member of the Safe Journey team, Becky Campbell, Christine Smith, and Sharon Patten, have more than 11 years of experience in the field of child passenger safety and are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians.

The "Safe Journey" program is funded through a grant from the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office and is administered through the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

To access the PSA via you tube, please visit:

https://youtu.be/kt4m6-bXJSs (60 Second Clip)

Safe Journey Child Passenger Safety Monthly Checkpoints:

1st Tuesday - 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M - Chuck E. Cheese

22 Northgate Park

Chattanooga, TN 37415

2nd Tuesday - 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M - Former K-Mart

4801 Highway 58

Chattanooga, TN 37416

423-899-3232

3rd Tuesday - 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M - AAA Auto Club South

2111 Gunbarrel Road

Chattanooga, TN 37421

423-490-2000

4th Tuesday - 12:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M - Walgreens

600 North Market Street

(At the corner of Frazier and North Market)

Chattanooga, TN 37415

423-622-4397

Safe Journey Program Contacts:

Becky Campbell

Christine Smith

Sharon Patten

8395 North Hickory Valley Road

Chattanooga, TN 37416

Phone: (423) 893-3503 Ext 3

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J. Matt Lea

Public Information Officer

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

423-209-8609

jlea@hcsheriff.gov



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