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Key West Police Officers Are Now Available To Check Installation Of Child Safety Seats


Officers will check child safety seats by appointment on Tuesdays through Fridays. Interested persons may call 293-8364 to make an appointment. An officer will meet with the adult at either the fire station on North Roosevelt Boulevard or the police station on Angela Street.

Ninety percent of child safety seats are incorrectly installed in automobiles. "This lifesaving device is completely useless if it isn't installed right," said Sgt. Ed Stress, head of the Key West Police Department's Traffic Safety Division.

"Anyone who has installed one of these knows it's pretty complicated," Stress said. "The odds are high that a well-meaning parent could make a mistake - a potentially fatal mistake." The seats, used correctly, reduce the risk of death in an accident by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers, Stress added.

"That's why we want to make this vital public service as convenient as possible." Stress said.

His officers have undergone extensive technical training on proper installation of the various brands of child safety seats and are certified in the techniques by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Automobile Association.

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