HANNIBAL | Northeast Missouri is in need of certified child passenger safety technicians, individuals and organizations who are certified to properly install car seats.
There are very few of these valued resources in the region, which is why the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety is offering a CPS Tech Training Class in April for free to those interested in helping coalition members continue to reduce fatalities on Missouri roads.
Missouri law requires all children under eight to be in a child safety or booster seat until they are 80 lbs. or 4'9" tall. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed.
"The more resources and technicians we have available to assist families with car seat installment, the safer children are in a vehicle," certified passenger safety seat technician trainer Kathy Zents said.
As part of the NE Coalition for Roadway Safety, Zents, and other certified trainers, will teach the three-day course.
Class will be held at MoDOT's Northeast District Office in Hannibal, 1711 South U.S. 61, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, March 25 with a one-half hour break for lunch. Class participants are required to help at a child safety event, so a child car seat check event will be included on Wednesday, March 25.
Participants are required to pay the $95 class fee up front, and then upon successful completion of the course, the Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety will reimburse each individual. The coalition will be reimbursing for the certification class. The coalition will also provide lunch.
"This course entails so much more than simply installing child safety seats," Zents said. "Participants will learn about topics ranging from motor vehicle laws, crash dynamics and vehicle safety, to talking to parents about safety."
There will also be demonstrations throughout the class.
To participate in the class, please go to the website http://www.safekids.org/certification. Participants need to set up a profile in order to get registered for the class. Registrations need to be completed by March 15.
For those who are already a child passenger safety technician, we will also be offering a continuing education class with six continuing education units on Thursday, March 26, for those wanting to continue their certification. There is no fee for this class, but registration is required. You can register for the CEU class by sending an email to email@example.com indicating plans to attend this class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More information is available by contacting Marisa Christy-Kerns at 660-385-8257.