MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $233,455 to ensure Alabamians are not only using child passenger restraint seats in vehicles but also adhering to the proper guidelines.
The two grants to the Alabama Department of Public Health will assist the agency in teaching motorists in the correct method to install child passenger seats and securely fit passengers in those seats.
“Child passenger seats cannot do their jobs of protecting children in crashes if they are improperly installed or used,” Gov. Ivey said. “The Alabama Department of Public Health will use funds to train child-seat installation technicians who will participate in numerous how-to clinics and seminars throughout the state.”
In addition to the training, funds will be used to upgrade software to help the state monitor areas of child-restraint seat use in the state so that resources can be best spent in specific areas.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“ADECA is pleased to join with Gov. Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health in this program that can save lives and spare unnecessary injures,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.
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ADECA Communications and External Affairs