CPS technician course set this week

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Those wanting to become certified as a Child Passenger Safety technician can attend a course sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation at the Tyler Police Department, beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 7-8), TxDOT officials announced.

CPS technicians help parents and caregivers ensure that children are safe on every ride in a vehicle.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3 out of 4 child car seats are not properly installed.

Common child safety seat errors include: installing the seat too loosely; putting the harness straps through the wrong slots; leaving harness straps too loose; positioning the chest clip incorrectly; and using the wrong seat belt path.

CPS technicians and instructors use their knowledge and expertise at community-based activities, such as child safety seat checks, where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance.

They also keep up-to-date on the latest technical information about child passenger safety through seminars and other continuing education opportunities.

The cost of the course is $85 which includes all necessary materials. The CPS Certification Course combines classroom instruction, indoor and outdoor hands-on activities, skills assessments with car seats and vehicles, and a community safety seat checkup event.

Participants must take and pass the CPS Certification Course. Successful course completion certifies participants as a CPS technician for two years.

For more information contact Heather.Singleton@txdot.gov or call 903-510-9225.

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