From trips to the grocery store to hauling furniture, most times in our lives we carry cargo. But there can be no more precious cargo than our kids; our children are the future and we do everything that we can to take care of them. That is especially true when it comes to transportation. We have to make sure our little ones are riding in safe and up to date car or booster seats, and fortunately, there are those here in the community to make sure that we do just that.
Some of the law enforcement agencies and one local business are preparing to host an event to provide safety checks and updates to your child’s car seat. The Georgia State Patrol, The Sheriff’s Office, and your local Home Depot store are gathering together on Saturday, November 19 from 11 -3 at Home Depot. SFC Maurice Raines with the Georgia State Patrol described the event. “That day, we are allowing people to come out, get their seats checked, install new seats for those that are worn, torn, or expired, to make sure that the kids are safe. Our ultimate goal is to [know that], prior to the holidays if nothing else, there will be some children in Troup County that we will know are safe during the holiday season.”
Lonnie Rodgers, the store manager of Home Depot at 1500 Lafayette Parkway, talked of the excitement for this company to be able to step in and help the community. “For us, it’s a great opportunity to be community partners. It is one of the values that Home Depot truly prides itself on. When Sergeant Raines presented the opportunity to me to be a part of this, there was no hesitation. It’s a great opportunity for us to not only be a part of the community, but also on top of that to do something for children and child safety is extremely important to us. We are proud to be a part.”
Sheriff James Woodruff also shared some words about his office’s involvement with the event as well. “I’m just always proud to be partners with Sergeant Raines. We do a lot together, and this is very important. We want to make sure the kids are safe. [There are many] times parents are afraid to come out because they think if something is wrong with their car seat, they are going to get put in jail. We are not there to put people in jail or to write tickets but to make sure the car seat is not expired, it’s not torn, and it doesn’t need to be replaced. We want to make sure it’s properly installed. We want to make sure they know exactly how to install them. If they are in a crash, it will protect that child.”
Jeremy Andrews Staff Writer