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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Dougherty County Health Department hopes to lower the number of car crash child deaths by giving away child safety seats.

A grant through the Injury Prevention Program will allow the Health Department to make five seats available each month to families that need them.

Car seats reduce deaths in cars by 71% for infants and 54% for children one through four. Health officials say the best seat is a convertible seat that grows with the child.

"It's a matter of education, people just not knowing, so the purpose of us offering the class is to educate the community and make them aware, it also provides safety for the child," Artiszell Johnson of the Dougherty County Health Department.

Seats are made available on a first come, first serve basis. Parents must watch a video on child safety and pass a test before getting the seat.

For more information you can call 229-430-6284.

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