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AAA presents 'Trips, Trucks, and Trunks' car safety event


Thu, Sep 16th 2021 10:05 am

NYS Police & Erie County Sheriff’s Office to offer car seat checks ahead of Child Passenger Safety Week

By AAA of Western and Central New York

Child Passenger Safety Week kicks off Sept. 19, and AAA is getting a jump start on safety with the New York State Police and Erie County Sheriff’s Office by offering free car seat checks and installation advice.

Did you know? Car crashes are the leading safety issue facing children. Approximately 183,000 children were injured in car crashes in 2018 – more than 500 injuries per day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Parents and caregivers are less likely to seek car seat inspections as children grow into forward-facing and booster car seats. Child passenger safety technicians inspect about four times the amount of rear-facing car seats than they do forward-facing car seats, and 73% of forward-facing seats are not correctly installed.

Car seat safety will be an important part of AAA Western and Central New York’s family-friendly “Trips, Trucks, and Trunks” event. The New York State Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office will have certified car seat technicians on-site. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are encouraged to participate.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at AAA – Amherst Travel & Insurance Center, 100 International Drive, Williamsville. It will also highlight several services from travel, insurance, automotive and New York safety experts.

Here's what to expect:

  • Presentations on popular travel items
  • Travel tips by travel advisers
  • Touch-a-truck experience featuring emergency vehicles, a SWAT truck from the Erie County Sheriff's Office, NYS Police car, Amherst Police car, fire truck from the Main-Transit Fire Department
  • Free battery testing by AAA
  • Free car seat checks by the New York State Police and Erie County Sheriff’s Office
  • Free child ID kits by the Amherst Police
  • Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue team
  • Licensed insurance experts for home, auto, life & Medicare
  • AAA job fair and interviews for job seekers
  • Prize raffles, Otto the Auto, food trucks

The event is free, though an RSVP is appreciated at https://info.westerncentralny.aaa.com/events/trips-trucks-and-trunks-show. More information is also available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/337226558151347.

As upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA Western and Central New York provides more than 887,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.

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