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 4 Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians, Officer Shane Stephenson, 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.
If you have requests for assistance with child safety seat questions or installation issues you may call and arrange an appointment. E-mail: Ofc. Jesse Peasley or call 207-799-5511 Ext 7-7420
Child Safety Seat Resources
- Safe Kids Maine
- Maine Car Seat Check Events
- 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