Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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September 28, 2010

Project 8 comes to Gregory as part of Capital for a Day
FREE child safety seat inspections available

PIERRE, S.D. – Community members at Capital for a Day events in Gregory next week are invited to have their child’s safety seat inspected to ensure it is properly installed. Trained technicians will be available in the Lutheran Church parking lot across from the Gregory Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CDT.

“This is a great opportunity to educate parents, guardians and child-care providers and to also ensure that all child safety seats are installed properly,” said Deb Bowman, Secretary for the Department of Social Services. “Trained child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to provide free child safety seat inspections for all who would like them.”

Project 8: Governor’s Car Seat Program began in July 2005 to promote proper child seat use and installation. In 2009, 87 percent of the child safety seats inspected in South Dakota were improperly installed.

The purpose of Project 8 is to remind all parents, child-care providers, and other guardians to use the proper restraint system for each child’s height and weight. Once a child reaches 40 pounds, a booster seat should be used until the child is at least eight years old. By then, most children reach the proper height and weight requirements (4 feet, 9 inches tall and more than 80 pounds) to be safely fastened in seatbelts. Project 8 also distributes infant seats, toddler seats, and booster seats to income-eligible families across South Dakota. In 2009, Project 8 distributed 5,057 seats to eligible families in need of them.

Child safety is important to Gov. Mike Rounds and the citizens of South Dakota. Additional steps must be taken to educate and train parents and guardians about proper child seat use and installation. Through education, training and outreach, South Dakota parents and caregivers learn proper techniques to keep children safe while riding in vehicles.

To learn more about Project 8 and the free child safety seat inspections throughout the state, please visit the program’s website at Child Seat Safety.