Sunday cartoon: National Child Passenger Safety Week

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BURRILLVILLE – National Child Passenger Safety Week begins Sunday, Sept., 18 and ends on Saturday, Sept., 24. Saturday, Sept., 24, is also National Car Seat Check Up Day.

Throughout the week, Buckleupallofus giant balloon will be showcasing and attending classic car and truck shows, cruise nights, community events and car seat check ups with police departments across New England. The goal is to reach out to as many kids and families as possible, reminding them about vehicle and passenger safety during a week designated to the focus recognized nationwide.

Police departments across the USA are teaming up during the week with children’s hospitals and child safety advocates in their cities and towns, hoping to reach out to families about vehicle and child passenger safety. The US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, located in Washington, DC., changed the NCPSW month to September recently, instead of the month of February, after years of cancelled events due to inclement weather. The overall weather conditions are much better during the late summer and early fall for outdoor car seat check ups and events.

The USDOT and NHTSA have presented me with numerous honors, plaques, certificates of appreciation and awards for my years of creative and tireless dedication regarding ongoing kids and teens traffic safety campaigns and programs utilized by police departments nationwide. I hosted Bucky car seat check ups in the city of Woonsocket for years at Landmark Medical Center with NHTSA Region 1 directors out of Boston, the Rhode Island Governor’s Office on Highway Safety, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Woonsocket Police Department, the Rhode Island State Police and surrounding police departments statewide that partnered with me and Bucky, trying to keep kids safer in vehicles. We held CPS Conferences in the LMC main lobby with pediatric guest speakers and law enforcement representatives addressing kids and vehicle safety for years. The Bucky Car Seats For Kids Campaign evolved from there, and since then, has been reaching out to families about the importance of properly restraining infants and kids in car seats, booster seats and seat belts while riding in vehicles.

Car seats are often provided for free to low income families and single parents across the state at car seat check ups, helping to keep kids safer in family vehicles. Bucky balloon appearances and take home CPS coloring posters and fridge magnets will be handed out to kids and families for free throughout the week, weather permitting. Bucky balloon showcase week ends on Sunday, Sept., 25, at the 8th Annual imPossible Dream Charity Car Show at their playground location from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The organization has been raising funds to help maintain the playground, designed for disabled children to enjoy, for eight years. There will be free Bucky kids safety giveaways, trophies, classic vehicles, food trucks and live radio broadcast throughout the event. Warwick Police Department traffic, motorcycle and canine division officers support Bucky community safety outreach efforts and attend every year.

Buckleupallofus charity car shows and events are extremely popular and grow every year, reaching thousands of kids with take home child vehicle safety coloring formats, materials and products across New England and New York State, because we care. 

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