BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Local families are encouraged to join Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney, Police Chief John DiPasquale and Union County Sheriff Peter Corvelli this Saturday from 9 am-12 noon for a family public safety day.

The Berkeley Heights Family Public Safety Event features free car seat safety checks, courtesy of the Berkeley Heights Police Department. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017 found motor vehicle accidents to be the #1 cause of death for children over the age of five, and the second most fatal for children four and under. If your child’s car seat is too big, too small, or improperly positioned, they are at risk. Those interested in getting their car seat checked during this event should contact Berkeley Heights Police Officer Donato Minicozzi at dminicozzi@bhpolice.org to secure a time slot. 

The event will also feature free child fingerprinting, courtesy of Sheriff Corvelli. The program establishes a fingerprint record of the child, which can be used by law enforcement agencies should they become lost or abducted. Fingerprint cards are returned to the parents to ensure easy identification. In addition, the Union County Police Department will be giving away 10 FREE car seats and 100 FREE bicycle helmets via a raffle. The raffle will be free; interested attendees will just need to fill out a ticket with their information to enter. 

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The event will take place this Saturday from 9 am to 12 noon at Town Hall on 29 Park Avenue, outside, near the Police Department entrance facing Plainfield Avenue.

If you cannot attend the June 15 public safety event, the Berkeley Heights Police Department offers free car seat inspections to township residents throughout the year. Please contact Officer Donato Minicozzi at dminicozzi@bhpolice.org for an appointment.