Northampton police receive grant for car, booster seats

  • Sarah McIntosh buckles Ethan McIntosh, 13 months, into his car seat May 26, 2011, in Kansas City, Missouri. KANSAS CITY STAR VIA MCT/SHANE KEYSER

Staff Writer
Published: 1/8/2019 6:00:27 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Police Department has received a delivery of 45 car and booster seat for families in need, and the department is available to help families of all kinds properly install these legally-required safety measures.

“The last thing we want to go to is an accident with an unrestrained child in the car,” said Captain Dorothy Clayton.

Clayton said there was incident last year where a young child in an improperly secured car seat opened a car door and fell out of the moving vehicle while still in the seat. The child had no apparent injuries.

The seats, which were purchased with a $2,700 child passenger safety grant, will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. Those interested should email Officer Jeff Staples, who can be reached at jstaples@northamptonma.gov. Staples is also available for appointments to help properly install booster and car seats free of charge for any family.

This is the third time the department has received this grant, which comes courtesy of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research Highway Safety Division. The grants, totaling more than $190,000 were distributed to more than 58 fire and police departments, hospitals and nonprofit agencies.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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