Yoakum District gears up to help save young lives

Feb. 20, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 19, 2014 at 8:20 p.m.

Safety continues to be the No. 1 priority for the Texas Department of Transportation.

This includes safety for the smallest of passengers - children 14 years and under.

Beginning in March, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will partner with the transportation department to conduct child safety seat checkups in Victoria and Lavaca counties.

In order to reduce the number of children injured and killed in motor-vehicle crashes, the Yoakum District Transportation Specialist will offer parental education on the installation and proper use of child passenger safety seats.

Additionally, the Yoakum District office provides scheduled free child safety seat checks and distributes one free child passenger safety seat per qualified applicant. To qualify for a free child safety seat, the parent or caregiver must show proof of Texas residency - either a driver's license or a utility bill in their name with a Texas address. The child must also have a Children's Health Insurance Program card in his or her name or have a Medicaid card.

This effort is being replicated in transportation districts statewide.

TxDOT's Yoakum District will conduct child safety seat checkups at the following locations:

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4 at Victoria Mall, 7800 N. Navarro St.; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 1 at H-E-B, 201 W. Gonzales St., Yoakum.

For additional information, contact Traffic Safety Specialist Pat Eifert at 361-293-4307.



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