PRINCETON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports motor vehicle collisions are one of the leading causes of nonfatal injuries and fatal deaths for persons ages 1 to 24, and three out of four children aren’t as safe in the car as they should be because their car seats are not used or installed correctly.

Gibson General Emergency Services hosts a “Booster Seat Bash” Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon in Gibson General Hospital’s main parking lot, offering free car seat checks conducted by certified child passenger dafety technicians, and the hospital will give away Evenflo Big Kid® Sport™ booster seats while supplies last.

“When it comes to injury and death due to motor vehicle accidents, the booster seat age group, children ages 4-8, are the primary age group because they are either improperly restrained or they’ve graduated to a seat belt too early,” says Kara Moyer, Gibson General’s director of emergency and quality services. “It has been found that belt-positioning booster seats can lower the risk of injury to children in this age group by up to 45 percent compared to the use of seat belts alone.”

In addition to the car seat checks and booster seat giveaway and installation, the event will feature shaved ice from Kona Ice, balloon twisting from Valley Party Supply, face painting, and a baseball throwing station to detect throwing speed. Activities and information will also be available at booths provided by Air Evac Lifeteam, Deaconess Injury Prevention, Deaconess EMS, Indiana Foster Care, Indiana State Police, Isaiah 1:17 Project, Gibson County Healthy Families, Gibson County Solid Waste, Princeton Police Dept., Princeton Fire Territory, and more.

“Gibson General Hospital and all of the participating community agencies are excited to be offering this free community event that will go far to improve the safety of some of our county’s youngest residents,” said Moyer.

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