April 9-- You can do something Wednesday that may save your child's life.
This area is way below the state average in use of car seats for children and seat belt use in general.
It's costing lives and Harris Blackwood, Director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, is trying to get your attention with a free car seat safety check Wednesday afternoon at Walmark in Vidalia.
"We want to make sure that children are properly buckled in an age appropriate car seat and that's why we are coming to town. We want to make sure they are absolutely safe, they are our most precious commodity," Blackwood says.
Bonnie Brantley with SafeKids Toombs County says the statistics are alarming.
"Percentages of actually using a car seat are actually in the 20% range. That's not good when the state averages over 80%," she says.
Bad things happen to children who are not properly secured in a car seat.
"If it's not installed properly, it puts the child at more risk of being ejected. If the harness straps are not tied against the child, the child could actually submarine or come out of it in a rollover or crash. We're trying to make sure these children are properly restrained," Brantley says.
Experts will be in the Walmart parking lot in Vidalia Wednesday from 1:30 till 4:30 p.m. and Brantley says it will take less than 15 minutes for them to check your child's car seat for correct installation.
If you don't have a car seat for your child, 600 have been shipped to Vidalia for distribution to folks who can't afford one.
"If they qualify and are in need of a car seat. Remember to bring the child because we fit the child to the seat and the seat to the car," she reports.