Keeping Craig children safe

Early Childhood Coalition to distribute car seats

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Michelle Henderson is worried about the safety of Craig children.

"It seems like every time you go down the street there's a kid unprotected," she said. "Every day, I see a kid that should be in a car seat not in a car seat."

That's why she's chairing the Moffat County Early Childhood Coalition's committee to raise money for car seats for Craig children.

They will be distributed at the Children's Fair, sponsored by the coalition, in April.

Henderson said changes in the laws about car-seat usage went into effect in August, which spurred the group to make sure everyone had access to the correct equipment.

"Nobody has an excuse to go without having a kid protected in a vehicle," she said.

She said community response has been positive so far, and hopes it will continue.

The campaign runs through Feb. 18.

This is the first year for the fund-raiser, so Henderson said she has no expectation of how many car seats they will be able to purchase. New car and booster seats range in price between $15 and $60, and more.

At the fair, to be held on a Saturday in April, Brian Gonzalez of the Craig Police Department will offer car seat safety inspections.

Car seats will be given to anyone who needs one; there are no eligibility requirements.

Any car seats remaining after the fair will be given to the Moffat County Public Safety Center so law enforcement officers may give them to families they meet who do not have proper vehicle restraints for children.

Henderson said a majority of accidents happen within 15 miles of the home, and that children can get seriously hurt.

"Everyone thinks, 'It can't happen to me,'" she said. "But it can."

For more information about this cause, call Henderson at 824-3246, Sarah Hepworth at 824-7457 or Val Pleasant at 824-9359.

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