East Providence Police net traffic funds, ready car seat installation program

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Police Department recently announced the receipt of over $29,000 in State Office of Highway Safety grant monies as well as the start of a child car seat installation/instruction program.

The Department garnered $29,610 from the highway safety office for use in speed and impaired driver enforcement details in addition to the local version of the “Click it or Ticket” seat belt enforcement program and the child passenger safety initiative.

Also of note, the next installment of the “Click it or Ticket” patrol takes place Thanksgiving Week, Nov. 18 through Nov. 25.

In addition, EPPD community outreach Officers Tom Aguiar and Andy Benoit were each recently certified as child safety seat technicians and will be offering tutorials on proper installation procedures. They earned their certification after completing a four-day class sponsored by the Rhode Island Injury Prevention Center based out of Rhode Island Hospital. The program is sponsored nationally by Safe Kids USA.

Officer Aguiar said many parents have difficulty installing the seats properly or are concerned if they have done it correctly. He and Officer Benoit are there to help in the process as well as offer tips on how to maintain proper installation once the seat has been put into place.

The inspections/installations will take place at the Traffic Division headquarters located at the Sweetland House on the Senior Center grounds off Waterman Avenue. Call either Officer Aguiar, 435-7630, or Officer Benoit, 435-1922, for more details or to set up an appointment.

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