Sandersville Police Awarded Car Seat Mini Grant

The Sandersville Police Department has been awarded a 2022 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini-Grant, Sandersville Police and the Washington County Health Department will work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Washington County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.

Since 2007, the education, car seats, and booster seats provided through the Car Seat Mini Grant have prevented serious injuries or death and saved over 425 of Georgia children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and correctly used. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not properly used, placing children at unnecessary risk.

“It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” said Renee Jordan of the Sandersville Police Department. “The Car Seat Mini-Grant is a great opportunity to help our community and protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”

Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 120 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up – every trip, every time.

For more information about the Washington County Car Seat Program, contact Renee Jordan at 478-552- 3121 or rjordan@sandersvillega.org. If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at injury@dph.ga.gov or by calling 404-463-1487.