Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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May 10, 2010

Another Reminder to Use Proper Safety Seats for Your Child’s Height and Weight
May Mobilization: May 1 through May 31, 2010

PIERRE, S.D. – May Mobilization is May 1 – May 31, 2010 and Project 8, the Governor's Child Seat Program, is partnering with the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety, local law enforcement as well as other safety agencies across the state during this time to help increase awareness on proper child safety seat utilization and installation.

Project 8 will hold free child safety seat check up events across the state during this time to help with demonstrating and educating adults on the proper way to install child safety seats. Below is a list of sites where inspections and installations will take place:

  • May 10
    Mini Lynx, 1714 Frontier St, Brandon, 4:30-6:30 p.m. CDT
  • May 13
    Western Dakota Technical Institute Daycare, 1600 Sedivy Lane, Rapid City, 3-6 p.m. MDT
  • May 13
    Hy-Vee, 1320 9th Ave SE, Watertown, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT
  • May 15
    Belle Fourche Fire Department, 605 National Street, Belle Fourche, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. MDT
  • May 18
    Friends Forever, 2710 North Haines Avenue, Rapid City, 3-6 p.m. MDT
  • May 21
    Home Federal Bank Parking Lot, 1805 6th Ave SE, Aberdeen 3:30 – 6 p.m. CDT
  • May 22
    Avera Queen of Peace, 1200 East 6th Ave., Mitchell, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CDT
  • May 25
    Westside Preschool/Child Care, 3500 Canyon Lake Dr., Rapid City, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. MDT

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 used 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. 

Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians across the state are available at no-cost for one-on-one installation instruction.  The Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will ensure your child is in the best seat for their height and weight and that the seat is installed correctly in your vehicle.

Project 8 also distributes infant seats, toddler seats, or booster seats to income eligible families throughout South Dakota. To learn more about the events occurring around the state now and throughout the rest of the summer, contact the Department of Social Services at 605-773-3165 or visit Child Safety Seat.