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Car dealership, coalition sponsor safety seat checks


The Maryland Safe Kids Coalition and O'Donnell Pontiac will sponsor Child Safety Seat Check-up Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the car dealership, 8800 Ridge Road in Ellicott City.

The event is designed to "educate families on the importance of child passenger safety and to provide an opportunity to have their child safety seats checked by experts," said Barbara Beckett, Maryland Safe Kids coordinator.

Maryland requires a child safety seat for children younger than 4 or weighing less than 40 pounds. Children under 10 who weigh more than 40 pounds must be buckled in a child safety seat or with a safety belt.

The coalition says that each year in the United States, nearly 6,700 children are killed and more than 50,000 are disabled in car jTC crashes by injuries that could have been prevented through the proper use of child safety seats or seat belts.

Members of the Maryland Safe Kids Coalition, assisted by the Howard County police and dealership staff, will do the safety checks. Displays and demonstrations are planned, and entertainment for children will be provided by Buckle-up Bear.

Information: 787-5893.

Police log

Ellicott City: 9100 block of Old Annapolis Road: Someone removed molding from a window at Kay's Cleaners, entered and took money from a change box Saturday or early Sunday. Police said glass was removed from a front door at a nearby Pizza Hut about the same time, but nothing was taken.

Elkridge: 6600 block of U.S. 1: A resident heard a man trying to enter a home Tuesday night, but the man ran away, police said.

Elkridge: 8200 block of U.S. 1: Police said an intruder entered a home through a bathroom window Tuesday, but nothing was taken.

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