MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $1.03 million to assist residents with purchasing and installing child safety seats and to reduce distracted driving statewide.
The Alabama Department of Public Health will use grant funds for the Child Passenger Safety Program, which aims to educate Alabamians on the safe use of child passenger restraint systems. The program qualifies individuals to become certified Child Passenger Safety technicians through a short training course.
“Child safety seats save countless lives every year, and knowing how to properly install one is an essential skill for any parent or caregiver of a young child,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the Child Passenger Safety Program for training experts who can assist parents, and I encourage anyone who needs assistance with child safety seats to take advantage of this program.”
ADPH is also using funds to organize car-seat fitting stations around the state where the public will be able to have seats checked and installed by certified technicians. Information about fitting stations and trainings, along with educational materials about safe use of car seats will be available on the program’s website: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/injuryprevention/car-seats.html.
Funds are also being used to assist ADPH in working with schools and agencies across the state to share information and conduct trainings to reduce distracted driving.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to Alabama by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Gov. Ivey and I support the efforts of the Alabama Department of Public Health to educate the public to make travel as safe as possible for everyone through education and proper training and inspection,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to partner with the department in its efforts to make Alabama’s roads safer.”
ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.
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