PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office held a free child safety seat event on Saturday, and they call it a huge success.
A spokesman for the office said nearly 20 child safety seats were given at no cost to caregivers who had pre-applied for the seats, which were made available as part of a donation from Sonic and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
An additional 10 child safety seats were checked for proper installation by nationally certified technicians.
The event was the final portion of a 40-hour Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification class that certified 23 students from throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area as Nationally Certified Technicians.
The class was co-hosted by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office and Fire Department.
Members of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office who received their certifications are Commander Eric Becnel, Lieutenant Roy Broadrick, Deputy Jonathan Balestra, Deputy Emmette Sylve and Deputy Tam Nguyen.
The PPSO reminds parents and grandparents how important it is to properly restrain a child in the correct child safety seat and how their decision can greatly increase the chances of survival in a crash.
Caregivers who would like to receive information on the proper installation of their child's car safety seat are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (504) 934-6776 to schedule an appointment.