National Child Safety Week

Today kicks off National Child Passenger Safety Week when traffic safety partners, law enforcement and communities raise awareness of the importance of buckling children up correctly.

Locally there are a number of locations where those wanting to verify their child safety restraints are working and installed properly can go for no charge – but appointments are necessary.

In Otsego County – Public Health Nurses on 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown, NY 13326
Monday thru Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Appointment required
Safety Seat Fitting is available for special needs children
Contact: JoAnn Schallert at (607) 547-4230 or email schallertj@otsegocounty.com

Chenango County – Chenango County Sheriff’s Office
279 County Road 46, Norwich, NY 13815
Weekdays – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. excluding holidays — Appointment required
Contact: Deputy Sheri Howe at (607) 337-1874 or e-mail sherihowe@co.chenango.ny.us

Family Enrichment Network, Inc.
21S Broad Street, Norwich, NY 13815
Third Friday of month – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Appointment required
Contact: Melanie Manwarren at (607) 336-2809 or e-mail melaniem@frontiernet.net

In Delaware County – Delaware County Public Health
Delaware Opportunities, 35430 State Route 10, Hamden, NY 13782
4th Wednesday of the month – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Appointment required
English Speaking Technicians Only.
Contact: Virginia Austin at (607) 746-1700

New York State Police
Box 300, Route 7, Sidney, NY 13838
Appointment required
Contact: Trooper Nelson Torres at (607) 561-7487

Under New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law, all children must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system while riding in a motor vehicle, until they reach their eighth birthday. An appropriate child restraint system is one that meets the child’s size and weight recommended by the manufacturer. Vehicle safety belts are not designed for children under four feet, nine inches tall, and do not protect young children.