KPD e-News Release: Kingsport Police and Fire Departments Conducting CPS Checkpoint in Recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Kingsport Police and Fire Departments Conducting CPS Checkpoint in Recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week
DATE: September 24, 2018
This week, September 23-29, 2018 is National Child Passenger Safety Week. The Kingsport Police Department takes Child Passenger Safety seriously every single day; however, this particular week, Officers will be placing special emphasis on Child Passenger Safety through increased education and enforcement.

Also this week, the Kingsport Police and Fire Departments will be conducting a joint Child Passenger Seat Checkpoint on Thursday, September 27th from 1:00-4:00 PM at Kingsport Fire Station #2, located at 1804 Crescent Drive in Kingsport (near the Civic Auditorium and Dobyns-Bennet High School). The contact person for this event is K.F.D.’s Public Education Officer, Barry Brickey. He can be reached at 423-224-2820 or BarryBrickey.

The following information is being shared courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO), and our local public safety partners at the Kingsport Fire Department:

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years of age. Many potential injuries and deaths can be prevented by the proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. Disseminating safety information and car seat instructions to parents, guardians, and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives.

Tips on Child Passenger Safety

· Read the National Safety Council position statement on child restraints, which addresses child passenger safety among multiple modes of transportation.

· Take advantage of car seat safety checks held nationwide during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

· If you’re pregnant, schedule a car seat installation with a certified child passenger safety technician before the child is born.

· Make sure your child is in the proper seat and the seat is installed correctly.

· Children should ride in the back seat at least through age 12.

· If your kids complain about wearing seat belts, don’t negotiate; don’t drive off until they buckle up.

· Always be consistent and wear your seat belt; adult driver safety belt use strongly influences whether your child will buckle up.

· All 50 states require child seats with specific criteria; here is a list of child passenger safety laws by state, but too often, state laws don’t go far enough.

· The life of a car seat is from six to eight years; recalls for child seat manufacturers for the past 10 years can be found here.

· Air bags can save the lives of older children and adults, but they can be potentially fatal for young children if placed directly in front of one.

For additional information on Child Passenger Safety, please visit:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)


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