This Saturday, September 23, the Brookhaven Highway Department is hosting the 4th Annual Highway Safety Day at Safety Town, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville. The day’s family-friendly events will include a FREE car seat inspection from 8 a.m. to noon, a FREE bicycle safety rodeo from noon to 3 p.m. and various, interactive highway safety demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from participating organizations.
The free car seat check is being held on National Seat Check Saturday, part of Child Passenger Safety Week, a campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) dedicated to helping parents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible, every trip, every time. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s NHTSA, 59 percent of car seats are misused. Every 33 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash; using car seats that are age- and size-appropriate is the best way to keep children safe.
During the free bicycle rodeo, participants can complete a non-competitive skills course, while learning how to safely ride their bikes in a child-sized, miniature town. This event is a great opportunity for kids to become more aware bicyclists and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on our roadways. Participants are required to bring their own bicycles and helmets, both of which will be inspected for safety.
Organizations participating in the highway safety demonstrations include the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the Suffolk County Police Department, Holtsville Fire Department, Suffolk County FRES, Long Island Rail Road, and Long Island ABATE. In addition, WALK 97.5 will be on-site with their prize wheel; complimentary chips and salsa will be provided by Moe’s Southwest Grill.