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Safety Award Presented to Educator and Volunteers

For Immediate Release:

September 21, 2012


Russ Braden, Battalion Chief, Fire Department Public Information Officer, voice mail 623-932-2300, cell 623-693-0189

Safety Award Presented to Educator and Volunteers


(Goodyear, AZ) Goodyear Fire Department Community Education Coordinator Tanja Tanner received the Golden Booster Seat Award during the September 19th Child Passenger Seat Technician collaborative meeting.  Tanja and a staff of volunteers presented 196 new booster seats to children's qualifying parents over a 3 day period during "meet the teacher events" at 7 Goodyear elementary schools

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 60% of the child passengers who died in motor vehicle accidents in 2009 were not using restraints.  On August 2nd 2012, a new state law went into effect that changed both the age and height requirements for when a child must be in a booster seat.  Children must now be at least 8 years old and be at least 4 foot 9 inches tall before not needing to be in a booster seat while riding in a vehicle. Booster seats in children (4 to 8 years of age) are 59% more effective than vehicle safety belts alone, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To support this change the State of Arizona Department of Health Services purchased 7,000 new booster seats to be distributed throughout the state.

Volunteers P J Miller, Maureen Carey, Brenda Phifer, and Ray Garcia along with City of Goodyear staff members Tim Newbill, Sean Yohe, Dennis Lee, Joel Knight, Tim Rayburn, Anthony Martin, Jason Richmond, and Adam Stoffel, all assisted in the distribution of the seats and other educational materials.




Last Updated: 9/21/2012

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