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National Child Passenger Safety Week is Sept 12 - 18th

Parents all over Utah County are encouraged to learn and practice good car seat use during National Child Passenger Safety Week beginning this Saturday.

From September 12 -18, drivers across the United States can participate in car seat inspections and find information on how to protect children when driving. Utah County residents can visit a Car Seat Check Point on Wednesday, September 16th at any time during 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Canyon Elementary School in Spanish Fork.

Carrie Bennett, Injury Prevention Program coordinator of the Utah County Health Department (UCHD), said motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause death among children ages two to 14, many due to the nonuse or improper use of child seats and seat belts. “Every driver can do their part by ensuring children are securely and correctly fastened in,” Bennett said.

The local event is sponsored by Utah County Safe Kids and in part by Nathan Christiansen as an Eagle Scout project. For more information, contact Carrie Bennett of UCHD at 801-851-7035. Information on National Child Passenger Safety Week can be found at www.nhtsa.gov/cps.

The Utah County Health Department seeks to promote health, and prevent avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For details about UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. Or you can follow the UCHD at Twitter or be a fan on FaceBook.