In motor vehicle crashes, 9 out 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly.
Child Safety Seats when installed correctly can reduce child injury or death by 71%, in a motor vehicle crash.
The South Portland Police Department has partnered with Safe Kids Maine to educate operators of motor vehicles on the correct way to transport children properly in a motor vehicle.
The South Portland Police Department has 6 Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians, Detective Robert Libby, Officer Shane Stephenson, Sergeant Kevin Gerrish, Officer Ryan Le, Officer Ezekiel Collins, and Officer Jesse Peasley, to assist with answering questions about child passenger safety and also to assist with properly installing a child safety seat. The police officers attended a 5 day child safety seat technician training to become certified. A CPS technician has to re-certify every two years. To maintain their certification, the technician needs to be up to date on child safety seat changes, updates, and recalls. The technician does this by attending training and child safety seat events.
Detective Robert Libby is also a Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician Instructor. An instructor trains interested individuals to be-come Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Instructors also assist Certified Technicians with their two year requirement by observing and signing off the technician on the correct installation of the four types of child passenger seats and a lower anchor and tether for children (LATCH) installation. For an Instructor to maintain their Instructor Certification, they have to complete the requirements for Technicians, but the Instructor also has to instruct at least 20 hours at Technician Certification Class within two years.
The South Portland Police Department works with Safe Kids Maine and also with The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety on giving training, presentations, and child safety seat events, for the public. These events are held at The Maine Mall, Target Store and other locations within the city.
The South Portland Police/Fire Dept hosts a Monthly Child Passenger Safety Event on:
The 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Cash Corner Fire Station- 360 Main Street-from 2pm to 6pm.
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If you are unable to attend an event or have requests for assistance with child safety seat questions or installation issues you may call and arrange an appointment. E-mail: Det Robert Libby or call 207-799-5511 Ext 7-7229
Child Safety Seat Resources
- Safe Kids Maine
- Maine Car Seat Check Events
- Types of Car Seats
- Correct Child Age and Weight for Car Seat Use
- Ease of Car Seat Use Ratings
- Lower Anchors and Tether for Children (Latch) Information
- Tips on how to install a car seat
- Child Safety Seat Recalls
- Maine Car Seat and Safety Belt Laws
- Maine Bureau of Highway Safety
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration