(Saugus, MA) June 29, 2018 – Town Manager Scott C. Crabtree and Police Chief Domenic DiMella are pleased to announce that the Saugus Police Department has been awarded a $2,625 grant to equip local families in need with car and booster seats for their children.
The funding, which is part of the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Equipment Grant through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research - Highway Safety Division, will allow the Police Department to furnish 18 vehicles with car or booster seats.
“I am proud of Chief DiMella and the Saugus Police Department for recognizing the importance of child passenger safety, and pursuing this important grant initiative,” said Town Manager Crabtree. “This funding will continue to prioritize the safety and security of our community’s youth.”
Due to the limited number of car seats available, preference will be given to Saugus residents without the means to purchase a seat.
“This grant helps us better serve families who find it difficult to afford car and booster seats to protect their children,” said Chief Domenic Dimella. “We can also assist parents and caregivers with the proper installation of their child’s seats.”
Nationwide, traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for children of all ages. Properly installed car and booster seats have been proven to reduce the risk of death and injury in crashes, yet the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly.
The Saugus Police Department is one of over 225 car seat inspection sites in Massachusetts, with certified technicians available to ensure children’s seats are installed correctly.
To schedule an appointment for inspection to ensure your seat is properly installed in your vehicle or for installation of a new seat, please contact Detective Stacey Forni at 781-941-1190.
For more information, contact the Town Manager’s office at 781-231-4111.
About The Town of Saugus
The Town of Saugus, Massachusetts, is a family-friendly, historic neighborhood Town located along the north shore, ten miles north of Boston. First settled in 1629, Saugus is home to historic sites, top-tier public services, and a thriving business community. Strong community support, a forward-thinking approach to town government, rich recreational opportunities, affordable choices, and easy access to all the amenities that Boston has to offer – they all contribute to make Saugus a Town where businesses flourish and families make their home.
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