MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - One county just made big moves to help protect children riding in the backseat of cars.
Carteret County Health Department was just awarded a $4,500 grant from the Carteret-Craven Electric Foundation to put toward the purchase of over 90 car seats to distribute to families in need.
"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concludes car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and 54 percent among children ages one to four years old," officials said in a press release. "NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) data shows that over 114 children have been involved in a motor vehicle collision in Carteret County."
This news comes soon after the Health Department became a permanent car seat checking station -- a move that allows parents and caregivers to have their children's car seats checked by certified technicians at the department.
"With this gracious contribution from the Cartere-Craven Electric Foundation and its members, we are able to help our community and help protect our children from serious injury or death in motor vehicle crashes," Health Director David Jenkins said.
Families in need of a car or booster seat are asked to contact Health Educator Trey Wright at 252-728-8550, extension 5763 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. Car seats will be available beginning January 2, 2018.