Safety Partners to Donate Car Seats to Lancaster County Police Departments

The Center for Traffic Safety, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Safe Kids Lancaster County, and the Manheim Township Police Department will distribute car seats for child passenger transportation to Lancaster County Police Departments.

Funded by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, 39 car seats will be provided to 21 municipal police departments between December 2019 and January 2020.

“Law enforcement agencies often have child passengers during calls, and they need to have safe resources available to safely transport children,” stated Tracy Linn, traffic safety specialist for the Center for Traffic Safety.  “Every child must be properly restrained when riding in a motor vehicle.  In order to uphold this Pennsylvania law, police officers need to have the means to transport children safely before leaving a scene.”

According to Safe Kids, more than half of child restraints and car seats are not properly installed.  A correctly installed child restraint can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death in an automobile accident.  Child safety seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by as much as 71 percent.

“Lancaster General Health’s support for the car-seat donation contributes to our mission to advance the health and well-being of our community and ultimately the safety of children in Lancaster County,” said Jessica Klinkner, Manager of Community Health.  “Our goal is to protect child and keep them safe when being transported in any vehicle.”

ATTACHED BELOW: Safe Kids Lancaster County offers car seat checks at locations through Lancaster County.  Please see attached list of locations and contact information.

MEDIA POST CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentinom@manheimtownshippolice.org