Northeast Missouri is in need of certified child passenger safety technicians – individuals and organizations who are certified to properly install car seats. There are very few of these valued resources in the region, which is why the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety is offering a CPS Tech Training Class in October free to those interested in helping reduce fatalities on Missouri roads.
Missouri law requires all children under eight to be in a child safety or booster seat until they are 80 lbs. or 4’9” tall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed.
“The more resources and technicians we have available to assist families with car seat installment, the safer children are in a vehicle,” said Lisa Sitler, PhD(c), RN, APHN-BC, a certified passenger safety seat technician trainer. As part of the NE Coalition for Roadway Safety, Sitler, and other certified trainers, will teach the three day course.
Classes will be held at MoDOT’s Northeast District Office in Hannibal Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a one-half hour for lunch. Class participants are required to help at a child safety event immediately following the training, so an event is being planned for October 5.
The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety will pay the class fee for each participant and lunch will be provided.
“This course entails so much more than simply installing child safety seats,” Sitler explained. “Participants will learn about topics ranging from motor vehicle laws, crash dynamics and vehicle safety, to talking to parents about safety,” she added. There will also be demonstrations throughout the class.”
If you have any questions, please contact Marisa Christy-Kerns at (660) 385-8257. To register for the class, please go to the website http://www.safekids.org/certification to sign up. Registration must be completed by Friday, Sept. 13.
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MoDOT Northeast District