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State Troopers, Nurses, Team Up To Promote Safer Car Seats For Kids

Posted April 24, 2001 3:32 a.m. EDT

— Eight out of every ten infants are in serious danger every time they get in a car seat. That's because 80 percent of parents do not know how to properly install a child safety seat. The Department of Crime Control and Public Safety is trying to do something about that.

The State Highway Patrol parking lot is periodically a training ground in this campaign. Rex Hospital nurses come here to learn the right way to install child safety seats, knowledge which they'll soon pass on to mothers back at the hospital.

When it comes to safe safety seat use, the one inch rule is very important.

"The child has to have one inch movement going over the shoulder, has to be at least one finger tight and no more than that," says Trooper Chris Morris, demonstrating for mothers.

Trooper Morris is part of a Crime Control and Public Safety effort to address the safety seat problem.

The state is taking a new approach by educating the nurses who work the maternity ward.

"We need to be able to educate parents not only in the installation, but proper positioning, and make sure those babies go home for the first time in a safe way," says Nurse Supervisor Robin Deal.

Marcy Thompson wants 17 month old Rachel to have a safe ride. She is not surprised that so many parents are unsafe.

"I believe it. I do believe it because you see people that don't even use [car seats], driving down the road with their kids in their laps. It's scary," says Thompson.

If you want to learn more, there are two car seat clinics on Saturday. The first one is from 1:30 until 4:30 at the Hecht's at Crabtree Valley Mall. The second one is from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Super K-Mart in Garner.