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Friday, May 27, 2011

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LAPD - Child Safety Seat Check-up Event

Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The child safety seat check-up event will take place at the following location:

Westfield Topanga Parking lot.  Under the parking structure in front of Target (Vanowen St. & Owensmouth Ave).  6600 Topanga Canyon Bl.       
Councilmember Dennis P. Zine, City of Los Angeles Council, 2nd Council District
Captain Ivan Minsal, Commanding Officer, Valley Traffic Division,
Sergeant Arturo Gomez, Officer In Charge, Community Traffic Services Unit
California Highway Patrol, Child Safety Seat Certified Technicians
Valley Traffic Division Child Safety Seat Certified Technicians  

As part of Valley Traffic Division’s “Still Saving Lives - Child Safety Seat Campaign,” LAPD and CHP officers in association with Councilmember Dennis Zine will be conducting a “Child Safety Seat Check-up Event” by appointment to promote public awareness and safety on how to install child safety seats properly.  The officers will inspect car seats in use by the motoring public for safety concerns such as seats that are out of compliance, recalled, and or improperly equipped child safety seats.    
According to NHTSA research from 2008, there were 61 million children age 14 and younger in the United States.  This age group made up 20 percent of the total U.S. population.  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for ages 3 to 14 (based on 2006 figures).  Every day during 2008 in the United States an average of 4 children 14 years of age or younger were killed in automobile crashes.  529 were injured. 

If you have any questions regarding this operation, please call Valley Traffic Division Sergeant Arturo Gomez 805-559-9637 or Valley Traffic Division watch commander at 818-644-8010.