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News Release

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Media Relations

National Child Safety Seat Week NA17172ti

WHAT: Press Conference to bring awareness to the proper installation and the dangers of leaving a child alone in a hot vehicle.

WHEN:
Thursday September 21, 2017
8 a.m.

WHERE:
Valley Traffic Division
7870 Nollan Place
Panorama City Ca, 91402

WHO: Councilmember Nury Martinez, 6th District Council Office
Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, 7th District Council Office
Los Angeles Police Department Captain III Andrew Neiman, Commanding Officer Valley Traffic Division

Assistant General Manager Abigail Marquez, Housing & Community Investment Department

WHY:
Is your child in the right car seat? September 17 through September 23rd, 2017 has been designated National Child Safety Seat Week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

95% of all installed car seats in vehicles on the road today are installed incorrectly. The City of Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles Police Department (Valley Traffic Division) are heavily involved in improving that number in an effort to make our children safer within the City of Los Angeles.

•Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1-4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.
•Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children aged 4-8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.
•For older children and adults, seat belt use reduces the risk for death and serious injury by approximately half.

In an effort to support this important message the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division, while conducting our weekly by appointment Child Safety Seat Check-Ups, will be educating the Caregivers on the dangers of leaving their children unattended in their hot vehicles.

Two vehicles will be placed in our parking lot with thermometers. One with the windows closed and one with the windows cracked for the purpose of educating caregivers on the quickly rising temperatures inside a parked vehicle.

In 10 minutes a cars temperature can rise nearly 20 degrees
In 30 minutes --- nearly 34 degrees
In 1 hour to 2 hours --- 45 to 50 degrees
"Cracking" the window has little effect
"Source: Jan Null, CCM, Department of Geoscience, San Francisco State University, http://ggweather.com/heat/ ".

Valley Traffic Division invites the members of the media to observe our Child Passenger Seat installation/inspection station and vehicle temperature demonstration at Valley Traffic Division on September 21, 2017 to help NHTSA and the LAPD promote this important message.

CONACT:
For more information, please contact Sergeant Stephen Egan, Valley Traffic Division (818) 644-8146.


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