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Union County Offers Free Car Seat Inspections, Bicycle Safety Tips

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Union County child safety seat inspection technician Cristallina Tharaldsen demonstrates the proper harness fit and location of the harness clip for a forward-facing car-seat. Credits: Jim Lowney/County of Union
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UNION COUNTY, NJ - Caregivers and parents can now receive in Garwood free bicycle safety tips and hands-on instruction for installing car seats.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders is offering the services on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Garwood Rescue Squad station at 401 2nd Ave. No appointment is necessary.

“Child safety seats and bicycle helmets are two simple yet effective ways to prevent serious injury when riding in a car or cycling around Union County,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen in a statement. “I encourage you to take advantage of programs that help ensure safety on the road for you and your loved ones.”

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Certified technicians will be on hand to teach people how to properly install and use a car safety seat, while trained instructors from the county’s Department of Public Safety will provide guidance on the proper use of bicycle helmets.

The car seat service is part of the county's Child Safety Seat Inspection Program.

State law requires people under the age of 17 to wear a helmet while using bicycles, skateboards, in-line skates and traditional roller skates.

Bicyclists should also ride as far to the right as possible in single file with traffic, not against it. Hand signals should also be used by bicycles to alert other vehicles of the direction they are traveling in.

The county recommends cyclists wear bright colors during the day, and bikes should have front, rear and pedal reflectors. When cycling at night, wear reflective clothing and use a head lamp.

Contact Traffic Safety Program Coordinator Christine Marcantonio at cmarcantonio@ucnj.org or 908-789-6830 for more information about these programs, or to request a bicycle safety presentation for an organization.

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