Successful child safety seat event in Franklin
First Star Bank graciously allowed Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, the Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition (BVIPC), Robertson County Extension and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to bring a child safety seat check up event to Franklin on March 2. Wonderful technician support came from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, TxDOT, and members of BVIPC. Robertson County Crime Stoppers members served as volunteers and the Franklin Supermarket donated refreshments for the volunteers and staff working the event. Together they made sure that every child left the event riding safely. It was evident that all the parents were thankful for the education they received at the event and the peace of mind in knowing that their children were safe and secure. This was a great opportunity to help families in Robertson County. Here are some statistics from the event: 20 child safety seat inspections were performed, no children arrived correctly restrained, 9 new seats were issued, 5 old/unsafe seats collected, and 2 children arrived inappropriately in a seat belt only. The proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs, avoidance of lost future earnings, and improved quality of life. These economic benefits are an estimated $1,988 per child age 0 to 4 and $2,347 per child age 4 to 7 for new seats distributed, and $558 per child for seat misuse corrected with an assumed 75% continued use. Based on this formula, the total economic impact for the 20 inspections at the event on March 2 is $18,628. If you missed the car seat check up and would like to have your car seat checked, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office hosts a car seat fitting station the second Friday of each month. To schedule an appointment, please contact Passenger Safety at 979/862-4658.