Free event focuses on child car safety - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Chip Washington

Free event focuses on child car safety

3-year-old Jaqueasia Riley was killed last week when her father crashed his vehicle. The little girl, who was aleep in the back seat, was not in a child restraint seat.

Police charged the girl's father, Tommie Lee, with driving on a suspended license and violation of a child restraint law.

Susan Helms of Safe Kids Mid-South says that, in the Mid-South, over 90 percent of child safety seats are either misused or have not been properly installed.

"Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children," she said. "But we know that a properly restrained child is more likely not to have a severe injury."    

On Saturday, Safe Kids Mid-South sponsored a free event at the Hope and Healing Center to educate parents on the proper way to keep children safe in vehicles.

Helms and her team of technicians were on hand to check for proper safety seat installation.

"We're checking families who have children that are car seat age to make sure they have the right car seat for their child, and that they put it in properly," she said.    

Tephanie Rainey, a mother of two, says she's well aware of the importance of keeping her kids safe at any cost. "It's very important because I don't want my kids to be hurt in any type of accident, let alone a car accident without having a safety seat."

Rainey says it's critical to take the time to make certain her kids will be safe in her vehicle. "To have someone check our car seats, it doesn't take much out of the day to do that."

Safe Kids Mid-South will hold several such events throughout the year. Helms says all it costs is just a little time to keep your children safe.

Click here to learn more about Safe Kids Mid-South.

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