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County unites for kid safety

HARRIET HAMILTONsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc

SILVERTHORNE – A single-car accident in the Front Range Friday killed one child and sent several others to intensive care units. Police reported there were eight children, all unrestrained, in the Buick Skylark when it slammed into a pole.According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 22 children under 16 years old were killed in traffic accidents in the state in 2005, and of those, nearly half were unrestrained.Trying to make sure nothing similar happens in Summit County, volunteers came out in force Saturday morning to give free car seat checks as part of the seventh-annual Safe Summer Kickoff at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

Vehicles waited in line as certified car seat technicians made sure equipment was safe. After giving each seat the once-over, volunteers showed parents how to install them properly.”Mainly car seats are put in too loosely,” Summit County Ambulance paramedic Pat Fanning said. “It’s almost a two-person job to put them in right.” Amy Machin-Ward brought two-year-old son Beck for a fitting because he’s making the transition from infant to toddler.

“We wanted to be sure we got it right,” she said.Free car seats were available for those who needed them. Nearly 50 seats were given away at last year’s Safe Summer Kickoff.Saturday’s festival-like event also included free hot-dogs, music and kids activities from the Big Red Bus, free bike helmets courtesy of the Silverthorne Police Department, a bike rodeo, free bike tune-ups and booths sponsored by numerous emergency service agencies in Summit County.

Harriet Hamilton can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at

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