Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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February 9 , 2007

South Dakota
Reminds Parents on the Importance of
Child Passenger Safety

PIERRE, S.D. – National Child Passenger Safety Week is February 11-17, 2007, and this year the Governor's Child Safety Seat Program: Project 8 is joining with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other state and local leaders to commemorate the importance of proper usage of child safety seats.

On Sunday, February 11, 2007, local community, state and national leaders will kick-off the week with the first-ever National Seat Check Sunday in an effort to educate parents and ensure all child safety seats are installed properly. Trained Child Passenger Safety Technicians will provide free child safety seat inspections in the following communities in South Dakota:

  • Brookings, noon3 p.m. (CST)
                -Einspahr Auto Plaza, 2020 8th St S.
  • Pierre, 1-4 p.m. (CST)
                -Fire Station #4, 802 N. Pierce 
  • Aberdeen, 1-4 p.m. (CST)
                -Super Wal-Mart, 6th Ave. SE

More child safety seat inspections will be held throughout the state to help with demonstrating and educating adults on proper use and installation:

  • Rapid City
    -Wednesday, February 14 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (MST)
    -Rapid City Fire Station, 2902 Park Drive
    -Call Early Childhood Connections to set up an appointment at 605-342-6464
  • Belle Fourche
    -Friday, February 16 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (MST)
    -Belle Fourche Police Department, 1010 8th Ave.
  • Sturgis
    -Friday, February 16 from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (MST)
    -Sturgis Humane Society, 1140 Otter Road,
    -Call Michelle to set up an appointment at 605-347-8310
  • Sioux Falls
    -Saturday, February 17 form 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (CST)
    -Sioux Falls Law Enforcement Center, 320 W. 4th St.
  • Aberdeen
    -Saturday, February 17 from 1-4 p.m. (CST)
    -Lust Chevrolet, 1314 6th Ave. SW

About Project 8: The purpose of Project 8 is 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. Project 8 also distributes infant seats, toddler seats, or booster seats to income eligible families throughout South Dakota. For more information, visit Child Safety Seat.