Partnership gives the gift of safety

Partnership gives the gift of safety

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Partnership gives the gift of safety

Two transit vans now feature child safety seats

By Belinda M. Paschal –


Photo credit: Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News

Child car seats are being installed in several transit vans at the Miami County Public Transit in Troy. According to Ann Hoover, executive director of the Piqua Compassion Network, which partnered with the transit system, Evenflo Company Inc. based in Piqua donated four seats recently to help fill a gap in services.

MIAMI COUNTY — When traveling with children, safety is a major concern, so the majority of parents make sure to strap, latch and buckle their young ones into a car seat, booster seat or seat belt.

When you’re a parent who relies on public transportation to get around, this can be an almost-Herculean task requiring the juggling of a squirming infant or antsy toddler, and an unwieldy child safety seat.Thankfully, three local organizations are doing their part to make things a bit easier for parents who travel via public transit.Through a donation from Evenflo Company Inc. based in Piqua, the Miami County Public Transit system has received four child safety seats. The seats are transitional seats that can be modified to suit children from newborns to toddlers, and will be installed, two per vehicle, in two of the county’s transit vans.“This has been a gap in services for some time,” said Ann Hoover, executive director of Piqua Compassion Network, which partnered with Evenflo and transit administrators to make the project possible. “It’s just been such a problem that the mainstream (public) hasn’t been aware of.”

Hoover said the folks at PCN became aware of the need for child safety seats in public transportation vehicles through their dealings with a client, a single mother who would have to lug car seats around daily.

“She would have to load the seats and babies, offload them, store the seats at work, then after work, go through the whole process again,” Hoover said, noting that more than 40 percent of the people who came to PCN for assistance last month — many of them parents — did not own a vehicle.

Regan Snider, director of Miami County Public Transit, said, “We realize that transporting and storing car seats while at destinations can be a hardship and a barrier for many parents when riding public transit.”

Snider added that she was pleased that Evenflo reached out to the make the donation and that Piqua Compassion Network was involved as well.

“This is such a great example of business, county services and agencies working together to fill gaps in service,” Hoover said.

By Belinda M. Paschal


According to child passenger safety information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries:

• Car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (under 1 year old) by 71 percent; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54 percent in passenger vehicles.

• Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children aged 4–8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.


In Ohio, the law requires children under 4 years old or under 40 pounds to be in a child safety seat. Children who are 4-7, weigh more than 40 pounds and are under 4’9” must ride in a booster seat.


Make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight.

• Birth up to age 2: Rear-facing car seat.

• Age 2 up to at least age 5: Forward-facing car seat.

• Age 5 up until seat belts fit properly: Booster seat.

• Once seat belts fit properly without a booster seat: Seat belt

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Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341