Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Office of the Sheriff

94 Market Street. Salem, N.J. 08079

CONTACT: Sheriff Officer Rob Hans
ext 8373

May 19, 2003


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Sheriff John B. Cooksey announced that the Salem County Sheriff’s Office, NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety (NJDHTS) and South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance (Alliance) will kick off the Salem County Diversity Partnership Program Thursday, May 22 at 10 AM at the Sheriff’s Office, 94 Market Street.

The program, which is funded by the NJDHTS, has been established to educate the residents of Salem County about the primary seat belt law and child passenger seat law, especially the low income and minority communities.  It includes establishing the Salem County Sheriff’s Office as a Fitting Station with a trailer full of supplies for seat checks.  The Mobile Unit (trailer) will travel around the County for educational opportunities and scheduled child safety seat checkpoints.

Included at the kick off will be a demonstration on how to properly install the different kinds of seats, as well as how to securely buckle children into a child safety seat.

The program also includes educating residents on the dangers of using old and used car seats and seats that have been in a crash.  Child safety seats are designed for one crash only and manufacturers recommend that they be used for six to ten years maximum.  If you have an older seat or seat that has been in a crash, it is recommended that you drop it off at one of these locations listed below.  All seats collected will be destroyed at the kick off event.  Additional information about the dangers of using old and used car seats can also be found at these locations.

Sheriff’s Office
94 Market Street, Salem City

   Puerto Rican Action Committee
114 East Main Street, Penns Grove

  United Way
203 East Broadway, Salem City
Elmer Hospital
West Front Street, Elmer

Salem Memorial Hospital
310 Woodstown Road, Salem

Salem County residents are urged to drop off old and used car seats for proper disposal.

Finally, the kick off will conclude with Salem County residents who have been saved by the seat belt being inducted into the Saved By The Seat Belt Club.  Inductees receive a baseball cap and certificate and are given the opportunity to share their story in the hopes of promoting seat belt use.  If you have been saved by the seat belt and would like to be a part of the program, contact the Alliance at .

For more information on the Salem County Diversity Partnership Program or the kick off contact Sheriff Officer Rob Hans at ext 8373.

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