Local police hold car seat safety event in Cedartown

State and local officials teamed up in a Polk County Police Department-organized car seat safety check event in the Walmart parking lot in Cedartown on Saturday, Nov. 17. A number of car seats were available to people who needed to replace theirs because of safety concerns, and training was also provided by officers from Polk County Police, Cedartown Police and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

It might just be time to get a new car seat, and for those who are less fortunate but want to keep their children safe have an option coming up this weekend to find one. It also marks a chance to provide a few canned goods for families in need as well.

This year’s Polk County Police Department Car Seat Check is partnering with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Public Health and others to conduct free inspections of seats, and have several to replace those that are worn out with a limited supply of new seats on a first come, first serve basis.

The check will take place at the Walmart in Rockmart at 1735 Nathan Dean Parkway this Saturday, November 30. Inspections will be conducted by officers who are state certified car seat technicians. They’ll be on site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with car seats available for those who are in need of a replacement and can’t afford one of their own.

Car seats have a limited lifespan and expire after six years of use based on when it was manufactured, and not when it was purchased. Though a seat should last through at least one child, a car seat that has been in a vehicle during a collision needs to be immediately replaced. Stress fractures in the seat can develop due to crashes.

Alongside the car seat check, the Police Department is partnering with Great Clips’ Rockmart location for a canned food drive for the holiday season as well. Those who bring canned goods to Great Clips will get a $2 discount on a haircut for their donation from the salon.

Officer Andy Anderson, who is helping organize both events, said the canned items will be donated along to a local food bank to help those in need enjoy the holiday season.

“Myself, Chief Kenny Dodd and the Polk County Police Department continually strives to help the community,” he said. “It is as much our job to ensure our children are riding safely around on our roadways, and to help families who will otherwise go hungry.”

Donations for the canned food drive can be made ahead of the event. Those interested in more information on how to help or about the car seat inspection event can contact Anderson at the Polk County Police Department at 770-747-7331.

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