Cars line up during the Angelina Rotary’s child safety seat project.

LUFKIN, TX (Press release) - A total of 56 child safety seats were inspected during Angelina Rotary Club's child safety seat event on March 26.

Angelina Rotary teamed with Texas AgriLife Extension, Davis Insurance, Central High School FCCLA Club, the Lufkin Police Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Public Safety and Kmart to help teach parents how to properly restrain their children as well as to check the safety and security of children in their car seats while traveling.

Davis Insurance also contributed $1,250 toward the purchase of car seats for the project.

During the event, 37 new child safety seats were distributed, free of charge, to parents with no car seat or one that was old and did not meet current laws. The crew also collected 17 old car seats, which have since been destroyed, according to Sherry Hill, Car Seat Project Coordinator for the Angelina Rotary Club.

Also during the event, six children arrived totally unrestrained or inappropriately in safety seats, according to Bev Kellner, Program Manager for Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Passenger Safety.

"We want to congratulate the Angelina Rotary Club on a very successful child safety seat checkup event, said Mrs. Kellner. "The technicians and volunteers did an excellent job inspecting the seats. The proper use of safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death."

According to Texas AgriLife Extension, the proper use of child safety seats reduces the risk of injury and death, leading to reduced medical costs, avoidance of lost future earnings, and improved quality of life. These economic benefits are an estimated $1,974 per child age 0 to 4 and $2,318 per child age 4 to 8 for new seats distributed, and $550 per child for seat misuse corrected with an assumed 75% continued correct use. For the 56 seats inspected, the total economic benefit is an estimated $64,832.