Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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February 9, 2006

Project 8: Governor's Child Seat Program
reminds parents of the importance of child safety seats

PIERRE, S.D. – The Governor's Child Seat Program: Project 8 is joining with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ad Council and others during the week of Feb. 12-18 this year to commemorate Child Passenger Safety Week. The primary goal is to remind parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles that if the child has outgrown their child safety seat and is still less than 4'9" tall and 80 pounds, they need to be in a booster seat.

During Child Passenger Safety Week, the Governor's Child Seat Program: Project 8, is working hard to remind all parents, child care providers, and other guardians to use the proper restraint system for their child’s height and weight. Once a child reaches 40 pounds, a booster seat should be utilized until the child is at least 8 years old. By then most children reach the proper height and weight requirements (4’9” and more than 80 pounds) to ride safely in a seatbelt.

Through education, training, and outreach, Project 8 provides parents and other guardians the awareness they need to keep their child safe and secure while driving.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians are trained in different regions throughout the state to help with demonstrating and educating adults on the proper way to install child safety seats. During Child Passenger Safety Week, there are many regional events set up to do just this. Below is a list of the regions and sites where inspections and installations will take place.

Region 1: Early Childhood Connections
Location: Rapid City Fire Station #5
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006
Time: call for appointment
Contact: Autumn Gregory at 1-888-999-7759

Region 2: Pierre Area Referral Services
Location: Pierre Fire Station #1
Date: Monday, Feb. 13, 2006
Time: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Contact: Shatha Bean-Huss at 1-800-499-4767

Region 3: Early Childhood Partners
Location: Eagle Butte IHS Ambulance Garage
Date: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Contact: Suzy Braun at 1-800-982-6404

Region 4: Brookings Family Resource Network
Location: Brookings Fire Station
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006
Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Contact: Gail Bultman at 1-800-354-8238

Region 5: Sioux Valley CHILD Services
Location: Sioux Falls Law Enforcement Center
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Contact: Kim Overby at 1-800-235-5923 ext.4

Project 8 also distributes infant seats, toddler seats, or booster seats to income eligible families throughout South Dakota. Contact Emily Currey, Department of Social Services’ Communications Director at (605) 773-3165 for more information on Child Passenger Safety Week or visit Child Safety Seat to learn more about the Governor's Child Seat Program: Project 8.