Ticket or teddy bear event promotes child safety

The Columbus Police Department partnered with Safe Kids Columbus Thursday afternoon in reminding motorists to take child passenger safety seriously.

The "Ticket or Teddy Bear" event provided drivers transporting children safely with a teddy bear for every child in the vehicle, and tickets for those who were not.

Fourteen officers from the Columbus Police Department checked motorists for an hour, beginning at 12:30pm, at a checkpoint on Milgen Road in Columbus. Seven members of Safe Kids Columbus handed out the bears, checked that children were properly buckled in and that the seats were properly installed.

In 2007, the CPD wrote 397 child restraint violations and 1,487 seat belt violations.

Safe Kids Columbus makes car seats available to the general public for $20, and also operates a child safety seat inspection station, at Fire Station #12, at 5225 Cargo Drive.

The station is open on the 1st Thursday of each month from 11:30am to 1:30pm and the 3rd Tuesday from 4pm-6pm. Appointments are required and may be made by calling (706) 321-6183.

For more information, check out their website at www.safekidscolumbusga.com