BEDFORD — Chief Robert Bongiorno is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department has received a grant that will enable it to provide children’s car seats to those in need.
Through a Child Passenger Safety Seat Grant, which was awarded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Bedford Police Department will be able to provide a limited number of safety seats to families who may not be able to afford one.
The Bedford Police Department is one of over 235 car seat inspection sites in Massachusetts, with certified technicians available to ensure children’s seats are installed correctly.
Nationwide, traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for children of all ages. Properly installed car and booster seats have been proven to reduce the risk of death and injury to children involved in crashes, yet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 60 percent of all seats are installed incorrectly.
“This grant helps us better serve families who find it difficult to afford car and booster seats to protect their children,” said Officer Thomas Devine. “We’re also proud to assist parents and caregivers with the proper installation of their child’s seats, to ensure that everyone is best protected.”
Residents who would like to schedule an appointment to have either their existing safety seats inspected, have a seat installed or inquire about obtaining a seat at no charge, please contact Officer Devine at 781-275-1212 or by email at [email protected].