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Car Seat Crackdown In Hamilton
HAMILTON, Oh. (Deborah Dixon) The Centers for Disease Control says child safety seats reduce the risk of death in cars by 71 percent for infants, and 54 percent for toddlers. But still some families chose to go without them. Sometimes that has to do with money, lack of education or the sense cops wont bother with a citation. Hamilton
Police are about to educate and enforce. At the same time the department wants to help families who really cant afford safety seats. Seats can be expensive, and for some low income families, they have to choose between spending money on food or utilities or car seats. The car seat usually loses.
There used to be an agency in Hamilton that gave car seats away to families that cant afford them, but it ran out of money. When Sgt. Ed Buns saw a car full of kids not in car seats, he followed it to the Early Learning Center, and saw several families without them.
Sgt. Buns said tomorrow families will get a letter explaining the law. It also lets them know after a period of time police will begin writing citations to those who ignore the law. Buns said he is looking for community partners to get safety seats for families who can prove they cant afford them.
Early Learning Center site manager Nancy Baker said most families want the car seats but they dont rise to an immediate need. The possibility of getting a 100 dollar fine might help that happen.
Anyone who wants to partner with police and the school on the project can contact Sgt. Buns at the Hamilton Police Department.