Free Seat Give-A-Way Making Region 8 Safer

—Posted 2:00 pm CST

Jonesboro, AR--SAFE KIDS of Northeast Arkansas handed out hundreds of child safety seats early today in Jonesboro, AR.  The seats are designed to protect young children in the event of an accident.  Officials say many times children have grown out of their seats or are in a seat that is not compatible with the vehicle they are in.  This poses a safety risk to the kids and many times the parents may not even know the seats are not the correct ones.

The event took place on the north park of the Indian Mall.  The parking lot was filled with crime scene tape and orange cones as cars navigated the course towards their new child seat. 

The event was staffed by volunteers and several police forces including Jonesboro and Osceola.  Several Sheriff Departments were also represented.  Jonesboro police department sergeant Karen Oldham told K8 News, “It is very important for families to be safe.”  Adding “we are checking today to make sure the seats are installed correctly that the vehicle is compatible with the seats making sure there are no recalls and in addition making sure the kids are the right size for the seat to make sure they are protected correctly.”

If you missed the free give-a-way there is still more opportunities to get a new child seat.  SAFE KIDS will be in Mountain Home on March 12.  They will be in Paragould on March 26.  Osceola will host a give-a-way on April 16, and they will be back in Jonesboro May 7.