Art Reed, Chief of Police
401 Main St.
West Newbury, MA 01985
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
West Newbury Police Department Receives Child Passenger Safety Equipment Grant
WEST NEWBURY — Chief Art Reed is pleased to announce that the West Newbury Police Department received a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Equipment Grant this month to expand resources and improve safety in the community.
West Newbury is one of 68 municipal departments that received a portion of the $170,000 CPS grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division. The police department’s $2,000 allocation will be used to purchase 25 car and booster seats to be distributed throughout the next year. The seats range from infant to 11 years old and will be given to local parents and caregivers in need.
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 incorrectly.
“We are thankful to receive this grant, which will continue to ensure our department is doing its part in keeping children safe,“ Chief Reed said. “For those in need of a car or booster seat, or who need help installing one, please contact the police department. We are here to help.”
West Newbury is one of more than 225 free child safety seat inspection sites in Massachusetts. Officers Michael Dwyer and Eric Forni are certified child seat safety technicians and are available to assist residents.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for inspection, or to install a new car seat, contact the West Newbury Police Department at 978-363-1213.