Ivey awards grants for Child Passenger Safety Program

Published 7:00 am Sunday, October 1, 2023

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Governor Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $1.03 million to assist residents with purchasing and installing child safety seats and to reduce distracted driving statewide. The Child Passenger Safety Program will use the grant funds to educate Alabamians on the safe use of child passenger restraints, as well as assist the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) with conducting training on reducing distracted driving in schools and agencies across the state. 

Greenville Chief of Police, Justin Lovvorn, said this grant is a needed resource and that the Greenville Police department will assist local residents in the installation and education in the proper use of child seats. 

“I believe this is a very much needed resource,” Lovvorn said. “As law enforcement officers, we often see the misuse or the lack of use of a child seat. To educate and equip the average citizen on proper installation and use of a child seat is a major step in protecting our children.”

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For more information call the Greenville Police Department at 334-382-7461, or stop by at 109 Caldwell Street. 

The program qualifies individuals to become certified Child Passenger Safety technicians through a short training course. ADPH is also using funds to organize car-seat fitting stations around the state where the public will be able to have seats checked and installed by certified technicians.

Governor Ivey encourages residents to take advantage of the Child Passenger Safety Program.

“Child safety seats save countless lives every year, and knowing how to properly install one is an essential skill for any parent or caregiver of a young child,” Ivey said.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is administering the grants from funds made available to Alabama by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.