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Tennessee Saving Lives One Child At A Time

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 | 05:24am
CHATTANOOGA – Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are committed to saving children’s lives. They are announcing the creation and implementation of a new specialized unit called Safe JourneySafe Journey will concentrate and address all concerns regarding child protection seats in motor vehicles. Periodic child safety checkpoints will be set up and publicized to educate and assist the public on all aspects of child passenger safety seats.
 
WHO:            Sheriff Jim Hammond, Hamilton County
                       Captain Charles Lowery, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
                       Clint Shrum, Law Enforcement Liaison, Governor’s Highway Safety Office
 
WHAT:           The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has a new specialized unit called Safe Journey.
                        Safe Journey will train traffic personnel and parents on the proper installation of child  passenger safety seat and conduct safety checks.
 
WHEN:          Thursday, January 6, 2011
                       1:30 p.m. (EST)
 
WHERE:        Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office East Annex
                       8395 South Hickory Valley Road
                       Chattanooga, Tennessee 37416
 
BACKGROUND
INFORMATION:       Child passenger safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years. Booster seats reduce injury risk by 59% compared to seat belts alone for children ages 4 to 7 years. All children ages 12 years and younger should ride in the back seat, riding in the back seat is associated with a 40% reduction in the risk of serious injury.
 

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For more information:

B.J. Doughty

TDOT Reg. 3 Community Relations Officer

Office 615.350.4302

Mobile 615.714.8556

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