Donald Palma Jr., Chief of Police
99 Pleasant Street
Groton MA 01450
For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Groton Police Department Receives Grant for Child Passenger Safety Equipment
GROTON — Chief Donald Palma is pleased to announce that the Groton Police Department has received a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Equipment Grant this month to increase accessibility to valuable safety resources in the community.
The goal of the CPS Equipment Grant is to reduce fatalities and injuries by distributing federally approved car seats to residents in need. Groton Police Department will receive $2,000 to use towards acquiring car seats and booster seats to be distributed throughout the next year. The seats are intended for children ranging in age from infants to 11 years old and will be given to local parents and caregivers.
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for all children nationwide. Properly installed car and booster seats have been proven to reduce the risk of death and injury in crashes, yet AAA estimates that 75 percent of car seats are installed improperly.
“Our department is proud to receive this grant and to further the effort increase car safety for our residents,” Chief Palma said. “Anyone in the community who is in need of a car or booster seat, or needs help installing one, should not hesitate to contact the police department.”
Groton police officers will also, by appointment, install child car seats for any residents free of charge.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for inspection, or to install a new car seat, contact the Groton Police Department at 978-448-5555.