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GOHS demonstrations to teach kids about car safety

Northside Elementary student trying out a car seat Northside Elementary student trying out a car seat
A demonstration to show the importance of seat belts. A demonstration to show the importance of seat belts.
GOHS Occupant Safety Planner Kelsey Goodman GOHS Occupant Safety Planner Kelsey Goodman
CAIRO, GA (WALB) - Free car seat checks are happening all over South Georgia to make sure parents understand proper safety measures.

But the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is also reaching out to the kids.

Northside Elementary school students all wanted a turn to take part in demonstrations of safe car habits.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Earl Prince said, “They love it because they're actually getting to sit in the seats and see how they work.  They're very smart kids.”

The GOHS wanted to reach out to those smart kids first. 

They said car safety isn't just about educating the parents.

GOHS Occupant Safety Planner Kelsey Goodman said, “This is about educating the children because we really see that when the kids get excited and they know, 'I'm supposed to be in this booster seat and I'm not supposed to sit in the front seat,' they get excited."

Demonstrators used dummies and other props to show kids the consequences of not buckling up.

Prince talked about one demonstration and said, “And when they go forward, they hit something, and they fly out.  It's little props like that that you can use and that actually open the kids' eyes and they relate to it.”

GOHS said educating the kids early is the best way to prevent unsafe tactics from becoming ongoing habits. 

Goodman said the kids take what they learn to their families.

Goodman said, “What mom and dad are supposed to be doing, what their older brother and sisters are supposed to be doing.  It really is important to reach the kids at a young age."

Demonstrations will continue at elementary schools around the area on Friday followed by a free car seat safety check at Cairo's Wal-Mart Supercenter on Saturday.  

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