A Safe Start for Safe Travel
It’s back to school for children across the city, and time for all students, including the youngest, to get to school and back home safely. In the fall, DOT safety educators visit Head Start centers across the city to talk to parents about safe travel to school on foot, on a bike or in a car.
During Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18 – 24, DOT reaches out to parents at Head Starts, WIC (Women Infant and Children) centers and health centers with workshops that help make sure that all children — on every trip, every time — use the right car seat, installed and used correctly.
On September 24, National Seat Check Saturday, certified car seat technicians will be available from 11 am – 3 pm to provide free, hands-on car seat inspections at Brooklyn Safety City, located at Woodhull Hospital. No appointments are necessary to get your seat checked at this event.
Get the Facts about Child Passenger Safety
- Across the country, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1–12. In New York State, each day car crashes send eight child passengers to the emergency room.
- Car seats and booster seats reduce the likelihood of infants dying in a car crash by 71% and the likelihood of toddlers dying by 54%.
- Your behavior matters! About 40% of children who ride in a car with unrestrained drivers are not buckled into car seats or booster seats.
- Car seats work best when used correctly. Come to a DOT car seat inspection station to be sure yours is installed properly and that you understand how to use it correctly. Check the DOT calendar for a list of car safety seat inspections.
- Not sure which is the right car seat to use for your child? Check the guidelines at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Keep your child in the back seat through age 12. It’s the safest place for children to ride in the car.
For more information on child passenger safety and other traffic safety programs, visit:
DOT Safety Education Events
Car Seat Safety Checks
National Seat Check Saturday, September 24
11 am–3 pm
Brooklyn Safety City
760 Broadway, Brooklyn
Saturday, October 1
11 am–3 pm
Access Safety City
672 W. 158 Street
Appointments for these events are not necessary. Call 212-839-4750 for more information. If you cannot come to a Saturday event, you can make a weekday appointment at one of DOT’s 6 inspection stations across the city. Check online
or call 311 for locations and phone numbers.
Saturday, September 17
11 am–3 pm
Paradise Theater Community Day
2413 Grand Concourse
Wednesday, September 21
10 am-2 pm
Chinese Consolidated Business Association
62 Mott Street
Saturday, September 24
11 am-3 pm
Tuesday, September 27
DOT will give away free bike helmets while supplies last. Helmets are available for all ages. You must be present to get a helmet and you must learn how to properly fit and wear it before you receive it. Adults over 18 receiving a helmet must sign a waiver, and a parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a waiver for children under age 18.