Dickinson Police to host car seat checkup

Approximately 90% of car seats are used incorrectly, according to the Dickinson Police Department. The police department along with other agencies will team up for an event that highlights how to properly use and install a car seat.

Dickinson Police Lt. Matthew Hanson shows how to best secure a child in a car seat.
Dickinson Police Lt. Matthew Hanson shows parent Stephanie Dianovics how to best secure her daughter Isabella in a car seat. The car seat safety checkups are a regular event for the Dickinson Police Department and will be sponsoring the next checkup on Feb. 3, 2022, at Sax Motor Co. in Dickinson.
Dickinson Press file photo

DICKINSON — In conjunction with Sax Moto Co., Community Action Head Start and the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Dickinson Police Department will host its regular car seat checkup from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 3, at Sax Motor Co.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to assist parents and caregivers with proper use and installation of their car safety seats, according to a DPD press release.

“Most parents are trying to protect their children by using car safety seats, but approximately 90% of car seats are used incorrectly,” Dickinson Police Capt. Joe Cianni said. “A misused car seat may result in serious injury to a child in a crash. There are many different car safety seats and many different vehicle protection systems, and they do not always work well together.”

Cianni added that parents are encouraged to attend this checkup, and all who participate will receive free safety packets.

“Don’t wait until you have a crash to find out that your car seat was being used incorrectly. Our children are too precious to risk their lives in preventable situations,” he said.


The car seat checkups last approximately 30 minutes apieice. Parents are advised to bring their car seat instructions and vehicle owner's manual to the event. Having the hcild who rides in the seat should also be present if possible, the press release added.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Community Action Head Start at 701-227-3010.

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