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Rome police hold first annual unsafe seat project on Tuesday

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The Rome Police Department will be hosting the First Annual Unsafe Car Seat Project on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

According to a press released issued by the Rome Police Department, many parents are unaware that car safety seats have expiration dates, and that if a safety seat has been in a crash, it is no longer safe to use.

In an effort to reduce the number of second-hand car seats in circulation the Rome Police Department is encouraging parents to bring in old or damaged seats to the Rome Civic Center to be replaced free of charge. Safety seats that are brought in will be destroyed so there is no chance of them being resold or reused. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will be on scene to assist drivers with the installation of a new child seat.

Each year, safety restraints save the lives of more than 300 children ages 7 and younger. By providing public information and community education the Rome Police Department is attempting to thwart injuries to children who have been involved in a car crash. It is the goal of the Rome Police Department to take a proactive approach in providing opportunities for parents/guardians to safely restrain their children.

A spokesperson for the department stated "Children are the future; our aim is to see that they have a safe one."

Parents have several options available to take advantage of the child seat exchange. They may call the Rome Police Department at (706) 238-5111 and schedule an appointment, send a request to cdehart@romepolice.com or just drop by the safety event. The hours of operation for the event will be from 3-7 p.m., with the last inspection starting at 6.30 pm.

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