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July 15, 2011

SIU Med School Offers Free Car Seat Inspection

ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, will provide free car seat inspections and traffic safety education from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 27 at Beardstown High School parking lot, 500 E. 15th St., Beardstown.

This event is sponsored by SIU School of Medicine’s ThinkFirst program, Illinois Department of Transportation/Division of Traffic Safety, Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, Illinois State Police, Cass County and Schuyler County Health Departments, Beardstown Community School District #15, Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Health Alliance, Cargill, Sav-A-Lot, Walmart, Cass Cable and Subway. 

This event is being offered during the Gard Elementary and Brick Elementary School’s pre-registration program to encourage parents and caregivers to make sure their child travels safely.  Too often, children ages 4 to 8 are not properly restrained and are at serious risk of being injured in a crash.  Illinois law requires children to be in booster seats until age 8. Parents are advised to allow 30 minutes for each child’s seat to be checked by safety specialists.

For more information, contact Mary Kay Reed, instructor of surgery at SIU and project coordinator, at 217-545-9112 weekdays.

ThinkFirst is the School of Medicine’s brain and spinal cord injury prevention program.  Started in 1990, the 20-year-old educational program educates the public about “the business of taking risks.”