An initiative is underway to keep children safe and sound when they're in the car.
Richmond University Medical Center and the city's Department of Transportation hosted a car seat safety check Thursday. Trained personnel inspected and installed car seats for free and gave tips on how to use them properly. Parents say the opportunity is invaluable.
"In the event of an accident you just never know what can happen, and it's important to have your child safe in the car," Clarissa Rojas, a West Brighton resident, said.
"One of the main mechanisms of injury that we see, especially on Staten Island, is a lot of motor vehicle-related injuries, so we want to try to mitigate those issues," said Christopher Ruiz, Trauma Program Nursing Director at RUMC.
"Out of every 10 seats, nine are not installed correctly, so we love to come out and just provide this education to parents," DOT Community Coordinator of the NYCDOT Maria Cruz said.
Organizers plan to host the event at the end of each month.
For more information, call 718-818-2100.