It's National Child Passenger Safety Week, and law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in an effort to keep motorists in Louisiana safe, especially our smallest passengers. The Louisiana State Police are teaming up with the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force and University Medical Center in New Orleans, hoping to change the statistics of child deaths in car accidents.

Too often, children die in accidents because they are not properly restrained. According to reports, car crashes are the leading cause of death for kids ages 1 to 13. The tragic part is many times these deaths can be prevented by simply placing a child in the proper car seat, booster seats, and seat belts.

It's also just as true that a lot of parents/guardians/grandparents don't realize they are using safety seats incorrectly. So this week's event is a win-win for everyone concerned. Plus plenty of safety info, car seat instructions, and demonstrations will be available to parents and caregivers by nationally certified technicians.

In addition, free booster seats will be given away at each event to those in need, while supplies. Keep in mind: one booster per household/vehicle will be given away, to allow for everyone to get the opportunity to have one.

It's crucial that kids are restrained properly, because it can mean the difference between life and death. Get life-saving information regarding the appropriate vehicle installation and best seat for your child’s age, weight, and height. This free event is statewide, and each child seat installation/inspection will take approximately 30 minutes to conduct.

Below is a list of dates, places and times of the National Child Passenger Safety Week events taking place across the state:

Thursday, September 22
Babies R Us (Lafayette)
5700 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA 70506
3P – 6P

Saturday, September 24
Babies R Us (New Orleans Area)
3609 Veterans Blvd., Metairie 70065
9A – 12P

Tiger Honda (Baton Rouge Area)
13325 S. Airline Hwy., Gonzales 70737
10A – 1P

AMC Palace Theater (Houma Area)
5737 West Park Ave., Houma 70364
9A – 12P

Billy Navarre Honda (Lake Charles Area)
1310 E. College St., Lake Charles 70605
12P - 3P

Walker Automotive (Alexandria Area)
1616 MacArthur Dr., Alexandria 70301
9A – 12P

Toys R Us / McAlister’s (Monroe Area)
1350 Pecanland Mall Dr., Monroe 71201
9A – 12P

Sheriff’s Safety Town (Shreveport Area)
8910 Jewella Ave., Shreveport 71118
9A – 12P

St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office (Slidell Area)
300 Brownswitch Rd., Slidell 70458
9A – 12P