White County awarded mini-grant to purchase child passenger seats

White County will be able to use the mini-grant to purchase car seats similar to these distributed by law enforcement in Habersham in September 2021. (HCSO Facebook)

White County is in line to receive a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety that will be used to purchase child passenger seats.

The Georgia Department of Public Health announced Friday the county would receive one of the mini-grants that will be used to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths among children on Georgia roads.

Since 2007, car seats and booster seats provided through the Mini-Grant program, and education on how to properly use them, have prevented serious injury and saved the lives of more than 425 Georgia children involved in crashes.

Dr. Kathleen Toomey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health said, “Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children and it’s up to all of us to do everything we can to protect young Georgians on the road.”

County health departments will be working with community partners to educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families.

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