WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Police Department has received two public grants for child safety seats and seat belt enforcement, the department recently announced.
The department was awarded 25 child safety seats to be installed in local vehicles as part of its car seat installation program. In the past five years, police officers certified as Child Safety Seat Technicians have installed more than 200 child safety seats into personal vehicles, the department said.
This grant was awarded by the Children’s Medical Center, Safe Kids Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Additionally, the department was awarded an $8,000 grant Nov. 3 from the department for seat belt enforcement. From Nov 21-26 and May 22 through June 4, the Westport Police Department will have specific patrols targeting motorist who do not wear their seat belts as part of the statewide “Click it or Ticket” campaign.
During this holiday season, the Westport Police Department would like to remind motorists that the "Click It or Ticket" campaign combines increased awareness with increased patrol to reach as many people as possible with one key message: "Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to save your life and the lives of your loved ones while on the road."