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Hub parents get free tips on child seat safety

Officers check a car seat for a shopper at Walmart during a child passenger safety checkpoint Friday. Officers check a car seat for a shopper at Walmart during a child passenger safety checkpoint Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg and Forrest General Hospital police, along with Hattiesburg firefighters are sharing their knowledge of child seat safety with the public. Friday, they hosted a child passenger safety checkpoint at the Walmart on Highway 49.

Parents were encouraged to stop by for a free child seat evaluation. They were shown the proper way to restrain their child and if necessary, were given a replacement seat.

It was all part of a class for officers and firemen sponsored by Safe Kids Mississippi.

"We're trying to promote good safety for our kids (and) educate the parents on how to properly install child safety seats," said Lt. Jon Traxler of the Hattiesburg Police Dept.

"A lot of us do ride around everyday thinking that we do have them protected, (but) I had a few things that could have been done better, so I absolutely appreciate it," said Ashley Barnes of Hattiesburg, who had her child seat checked.

The class sessions began Wednesday at the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Training Academy.

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