Child Passenger Safety
Daviess Community Hospital Child Passenger Safety Program
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in children under
the age of 14 in the U.S. It is important for caregivers to have the most
up-to-date, accurate information about transporting their children safely.
We have certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST’s) on
staff to provide education and best practice recommendations to families
and caregivers. Daviess Community Hospital is proud to partner with the
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Indiana Automotive Safety Program
as the only Permanent Fitting Station in seven surrounding counties!
As a permanent fitting station, we are able to accept appointments from
families in the community to have a car seat checked. We check to make
sure the car seat is appropriate for the child, that the child fits in
the car seat well, and that the car seat is installed in the vehicle correctly.
If certain criteria are met and supplies are available, we are able to
provide a replacement car seat after the caregiver completes education
about the car seat and installation. We also accept donations. You can
make an appointment by calling
812-254-2760 ext. 1359.
Daviess Community Hospital also hosts the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) CPST certification course throughout the year for
anyone interested in becoming a certified CPST. Anyone who is involved
in community safety, education, childcare, automotive, or child advocacy
is invited to become certified. If you are interested in taking this course,
please contact our Child Passenger Safety line at
812-254-2760 ext. 1359 or visit
cert.safekids.org to find a course.
DCH also holds several car seat clinics for the community throughout the
year. These clinics are on a first come, first serve basis or by appointment
and provide free car seat checks and printed education material for families
to make sure they are transporting their children as safely as possible.
Check out the Events on our webpage for upcoming clinics and classes!
DCH Child Passenger Safety Program is also available for community health
events as requested.
3 out of 4 car seats are used incorrectly.
Children are 5 times safer when riding rear-facing.
Indiana law states a child must ride in an approved child restraint until
the age of 8.
Children must be 4’9”or 57”tall to fit in a seat belt alone.
Most children are NOT tall enough for a seat belt alone until age 10-12.
Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat – in front of
Wear your seatbelt! Children are more likely to ride restrained if they
see you riding restrained.
Have your child/car seat checked by a CPST – know
FOR SURE that your child is riding safely!
For more information, please contact Melissa Smith at the Child Passenger
Safety Program at
812-254-2760 ext. 1359 or at