TMC/TPD to offer free booster seats Saturday | News
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now)- Over 1,000 free booster seats will be available for residents who need them this Saturday, thanks in part to TMC's ‘Boost Your Booty' campaign. As many parents and caregivers know Arizona recently passed a booster seat law, where children between the ages of 5-8, who are less than 4'9" must be secured in a child passenger restraint system (or booster seat). This is due to the fact that seat belts in vehicles are not meant to hold small children, the belts do not hit the same key areas to keep them safe.
As TMC's Community outreach specialist, Yomaira Diaz said in a recent news release, "To make the seat belts more comfortable, kids might slouch down into the seat, or they might put the seat belt under their arm, instead of over their shoulder. If they're in an accident, they'll fold over like a taco." She also went on to say the image is jarring, but parents should have a visual picture since the movement can cause whiplash or internal injuries.
Anyone who needs a booster seat can stop by any of the following TPD substations, from 9 a.m. to noon:
- TPD South – Santa Cruz Substation – 4410 S. Park
- TPD East – Rincon Substation - 9670 E. Golf Links
- TPD Westside – Service Center – 1310 W. Miracle Mile
- TPD Midtown – Hardesty Station – 1100 S. Alvernon
Children must be present to receive a booster seat, and vehicles must also have working lap and shoulder seat belts. All seats will be handed out on a first come, first served basis, until they run out.
Caregivers who are unable to attend the event this weekend can make arrangements to get a booster seat by calling the Desert Kids Safety Program at (520) 324-5604.
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