Public safety officials are holding educational workshops around the state this weekend to teach people about Iowa’s new child safety seat law. Lisa Roth of the “Iowa Safe Kids Coalition” says the want everyone ready when the law goes into effect July 1st. She says the events are a great way for parents and caregivers to find out about the new law, and to get their child safety seats checked. Roth says the 15 events Saturday are free.They’re requiring that parents bring their vehicles, their children and their safety seat, so they can check them out to see if they’re properly used. Roth says professionals will be there to check everything out. She says they’ll look at the kid’s height, weight and other things to see if they fit correctly into a booster seat, or seatbelt system. Roth encourages people with kids to find and go to one of the events. She says you can go to the website: www.blankchildrens.org.cps, top find out more. Once you get there, click on the checkup event locator. The new law requires kids over one year of age up to age six be in a child safety seat or booster seat. From age six to 11, kids will be required to be in a booster seat or use a safety belt. The cities and locations for the events Saturday (June 19) are: Des Moines, Toys R Us on Army Post Road, 9 a.m. to noon; Osceola, Hy-vee, 9-10 A.M.; Council Bluffs, Edwards Auto Plaza, 11:30 A.M. to 3:30 p.m.; Carroll, Mark Beardmore Chevrolet, 9 A.M. to noon; Sergeant Bluff, Bluffs Area Family Center 9-11 A.M.; Spencer, State Patrol Post 6, 9 A.M. to noon; Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge Ford, 9 to 11 A.M.; Mason City, Schukei Chevrolet, noon to 4 p.m.; Cedar Falls, State Patrol Post 9, 9 to 11 A.M.; Manchester, Stephen Motors 9 A.M. to 1 p.m.; Cedar Rapids, Saturn of Cedar Rapids, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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