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Jun 28, 2014 8:16 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Traffic enforcement officers educate parents on proper car seat usage

TUCSON - Traffic enforcement officers from a variety of agencies wrapped up a week dedicated to urging seat belt and car seat usage.

Ericca Holodynski brought her 7-month-old son to the special event held at the Target on Oracle Road Saturday, to make sure his car seat was proper.

"He was approaching an age -- a size really -- where I wasn't sure if he was going to fit in his convertible car seat or if he had to be transitioned into a more permanent car seat," Holodynski said. "So we brought both to have them check it out."

The event was funded by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and is meant to educate the public on proper car seat installation and use.

"Eighty percent of the community will not use a car seat -- so we're trying to get the word out for them to use a car seat," said Tucson Police Officer Chris Duenas.

Nationally certified car seat technicians were also on hand to give parents advice and inspect the vehicle to make sure the seat fits properly, is installed properly and that the child fits the seat.

Holodynski said she is just grateful a program like this exists to help improve safety for her child while on the road.

"I thought his harness was okay and it turns out that I needed to keep the straps below his shoulder because he's rear-facing, so that's something I didn't know," Holodynski said.

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