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Children travelling around the Gate City will be safer thanks to a partnership between the Pocatello Police Department and Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). Recently, the department was awarded a $9,500 grant from ITD to help purchase approximately 90 car seats for use by local children. The department also employs certified car seat technicians to help teach parents or guardians how to properly install the seat. “While the car seat may look secure, if it’s not installed in a vehicle properly it can provide little or no protection for a child,” said Mindi Anderson, Lead Police Support Specialist with the Pocatello Police Department. “We want to help make sure children are protected as much as possible by their car seats in the event of a crash.” During the 30 to 45 minute installation lesson, technicians will also inform parents about the hazards posed by loose objects in a vehicle, as well as airbag awareness. Technicians will also inspect and install existing car seats to make sure they fit the child. 2016 marks the fourth year in a row that PPD has received the grant. Car seats can be purchased at the Pocatello Police Department for $15. To setup an installation with a technician, call 234-6105. Appointment times are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The requirements to purchase a car seat through the program are included below: - The seat must be purchased by the parent/legal guardian. - The child must be present. - If the child is unborn, car seat purchase must be within 2 weeks of due date. - We do not sell infant carriers but do provide stationary car seats that are safe for newborns. - The parents/guardian will be required to participate in the installation of the car seat. - The purchased seat through the grant must be the primary seat for the child. The program is not designed to be a secondary seat for an additional vehicle, family member, or friend. - If the current seat is recalled, expired, involved in accident, or the child has outgrown. - If the current seat is recalled, expired, or involved in an accident, the car seat will be taken and destroyed. - If the current seat has simply been outgrown by the child, the car seat will be given back to the parent/guardian.