Safety Check to Ensure Well Being of Precious Cargo
by R. Rodgers
It’s a common error that could turn deadly. “Ninety percent of all children’s car seats are installed improperly. At the last check conducted, 94 percent of the car seats were installed wrong,” said Jo-Ellen Courtney a Child Passenger Safety Specialist.
Courtney was the coordinator for the children’s car seat installation and inspection on Saturday, September 30 in conjunction with the Hudson Police Department. This free car seat check took place at the Hudson Mall on Rt. 102 next to Hannaford’s. Each inspection took approximately 30 minutes, with police officers and Injury Prevention Center volunteers conducting the inspections.
Seen here is Officer Jana McMillian working in tandem with Rosemary Smith-Berry inspecting Alex Christopher’s car seat. When the straps were properly fit to the baby, the seat was installed. The seat was then removed from the car so that the parent could install the seat personally to ensure safety. Aside from installing the car seat, the safety officers recommended that the light screen and mirror in the back seat with Alex be removed. “The sunscreen could become detached in a crash and Alex would be the first thing it hits,” said MacMillian. Mom quickly removed it saying, “It doesn’t work anyway.” Courtney advised that if he was in such a need that you would be looking at him in the mirror, the danger was two-fold. To be save, the parent or driver should just pull over and address the problem. The mirror came out too.
The mission of the Injury Prevention Center is as follows: “prevent deaths and disability due to injuries through public and professional education, enactment and enforcement of appropriate legislation, and by encouraging the development, distribution and utilization of proven strategies to prevent injuries.”
There are four phases to restraining children in cars: first – rear facing in the back seat; second – forward facing after one year and at least 20 pounds, however, the longer the child is rear facing the safer; third – booster seat and finally a seat belt, all preferably in the back seat. Several Hudson police officers are certified in child seat safety, the class takes 32 hours and must be maintained. Sergeant Kevin Denapoli reported that 34 child seat installations were done during the event.
Meanwhile, on Saturday Master Patrol Officer Dan Dolan ran a free bike rodeo for kids who are in grades 5 and under. Seen here are Michael and Anthony Ciampo and Nicholas Spurell and their bicycles just finishing up their class. The Hudson Police Mountain Bike Unit was there to help children develop their riding skills. The children followed the officers through four different riding courses. Officers also covered bicycle safety, helmet safety, and stranger awareness. For more information, call the Hudson Police Department at 886-6011.
New Police Officer Hired
by Lynne Ober
Jeffrey LaPorte has joined the Litchfield Police Department. Starting this Monday, LaPorte will begin his training within the department.
“With this hire, we have finally filled all of our full-time positions,” said Litchfield Police Chief Joe O’Brion.
LaPorte will attend the Police Academy in January and when he returns to Litchfield will be ready for duty.
“He’s a great fit for the department,” said O’Brion. “He’s a team player and has a very positive attitude and came highly recommended.”
LaPorte, 32, is married and the father of two little boys. He’s been taking criminal justice courses in preparation for his career change.
“I’m looking forward to having him on staff,” said O’Brion. “He will mesh very well with everyone who is already here.”
Riders for Motorcycle Awareness Look Forward to Next Year
submitted by Jennifer Wheeler
Registration for the “Ride for Motorcycle Awareness,” sponsored by Hudson Cycle Center, began at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 30 with coffee and donuts donated by an Allstate local insurance agency. The ride was about 86 miles long and lasted just over three hours. About 80 people on 66 bikes participated. Every participant was given a T-shirt promoting motorcycle awareness (created by Red Brick Clothing). Also, every driver was drawn a poker hand and given the opportunity to win a complete riding suit donated by Vega/Nitro. The prize was won by longtime customers and friends, Dick and Kay Thurston.
The ride ended at the Holistic Self Care Center in Nashua for a barbecue donated by Stop & Shop on Lowell Road. Thanks to the owners, Barb and Doug Tremlett, everything was ready for the riders when they started pulling in. The riders were entertained by another longtime customer, John Irish with MAF/LBG Productions. There were raffle drawings with prizes donated by sponsors April Dawn’s, Parts Unlimited, Marshall’s Distributing, Motorcycle Stuff, and the Holistic Self Care Center. All proceeds raised for this event will go toward the campaign to educate the public on the presence of motorcycles on the roadways.
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