JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The Johnson City Police Department hosted Child/Teen Safety Day at Science Hill High School Thursday.
The event gave parents a chance to check the safety of their children's car seats. We talked to one parent who came with concerns about the three child seats in the back of her minivan.
Kristina Cusatti is a mother of three who went to child-teen safety day to be sure her kids were safe and secure in their seats. "It's all about safety. You love your children and you want them to be safe," she said. "I had some concerns about one of my twins' car seats. It looked like it was leaning a little bit, and Officer Goff and her team were able to look at it and say, 'Nope, everything looks great.'"
Cusatti tells us this is the first time she's been to the safety day in Johnson City. She also wanted to make sure the recent car seat recalls didn't affect her family. "I know there was just a recall about the buckles with Graco. We checked that out, we're fine from there," she told us.
Johnson City Police school resource officer Lorrie Goff ran the safety event. She says most parents don't know how to properly install their car seats. "We're finding out nationwide that we're in the 77 percent-plus in misuse," she said.
Goff tells us it's that number that makes these events so important.
Parents also had the chance to get identification cards made for their kids. The cards have a child's photo, their age, birth date, height and weight. Each card also includes a fingerprint scan.
Officer Goff says these cards are a great safety tool if a child goes missing.