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Foundation Helps Buy Car Safety Seats

The Carteret County Health Department was awarded a grant from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation to purchase more than 90 car seats to distribute to families in need.

The health department became a permanent car seat checking station recently, allowing parents and caregivers to have existing car seats checked by certified technicians at the department.

Car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71% among infants and 54% among children ages 1 to 4 years old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NC Department of Transportation data shows that more than 114 children have been involved in motor vehicle collisions in Carteret County.

“With this gracious contribution from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation and its members, we are able to help our community and help protect our children from serious injury or death in motor vehicle crashes,” said Health Director David Jenkins.

The foundation is supported by members of Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative who volunteer to have their monthly electric bills rounded up to the nearest dollar. The RoundUP program has provided more than $3 million since 1999 to strengthen local communities and help individuals in need.

Eligible families seeking car or booster seats will meet with two nationally certified child passenger safety technicians at the Health Department. Staff will educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections, and provide car seats and booster seats to families that are in need.

The seats will be available beginning Jan 2. Families in need of a car or booster seat can contact Trey Wright, Health Educator, at 252-728-8550, extension 5763, or via trey.wright@carteretcountync.gov, to set up an appointment.

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