Carrollton Police Car Seat Program Making an Impact in the Community

Officers Matt Jones and Mike McDowell with Church Without Walls’ Walter Green.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children, ages 3-14, and research shows seven out of ten child safety seats are installed incorrectly. A program of the Carrollton Police Department is helping change those grim statistics.

“Certified technicians from our Child Passenger Safety Program educate caregivers on how to properly install a car seat in a vehicle and a child in a car seat,” Officer Matt Jones said. “We also provide information on the relevant laws and best practices pertaining to child passenger safety.”

Georgia law says children, 8 years old or younger, must be properly secured in an approved car seat or booster seat while riding in passenger automobiles, vans and pickup trucks. Properly installed child safety seats reduce the risk of injury in a crash by 71-82 percent.

In addition to the program’s educational component, the police provide free car seats to caregivers in need. People who apply for a car seat at the police department on West Center Street must meet eligibility requirements. Once an application is reviewed and approved, an officer will set up an appointment to give the caregiver a seat and educate them on its proper use. All program participants must attend a one-hour training session.

The department also hosts free car seat safety checks throughout the city where caregivers can drive up and make sure their seats are properly installed and in good condition.

Through the Child Passenger Safety Program, the department reaches out to different groups, such as DFACS, Single Parents Ministry, Department of Public Health and area churches, to offer help using or acquiring seats. Recently, the department provided 10 seats to the Carrollton Church Without Walls for some of their members in need.

“Our mission is to be a community church, to be the hands and feet of Christ,” Church Without Walls’ Apostle Walter Green said. ”This helps us meet our mission both physically and spiritually. We have several parents in our congregation and community that will really benefit from this.” 

Apostle Green said the seats will not only be helpful from a safety standpoint, but also help the parents feel more confident and less fearful while driving. 

“We are excited about our partnership with the police,” said Green. “Growing up, seeing the police officers walking around in our community, interacting with the community – that was big for us. Our community is great. I wouldn’t live anyplace else.”

For questions concerning this program or the Carrollton Police Department, please call (770) 834-4451. 

Trick-or-Treat ‘Mask’uerade Downtown

Bring your trick-or-treaters, ages 12 and younger, to Adamson Square on October 31, for an altogether spooktacular day. From 9-11 am, kids will “mask”uerade along a one-way, socially-distanced path through each quad, collecting their candy and goodies. Merchants will be stationed outside and will place wrapped candy in trick-or-treaters’ bags. Roving judges will recognize outstanding costumes. All participants are encouraged to wear face masks.

Enjoy other events happening at businesses around the Square this month. Check our Facebook page for details.

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Rescheduled

The November 24, 2020, Historic Preservation Commission meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for Monday, November 16, 2020, at 5:30 pm.in the first floor Council Chambers, Public Safety Annex, 115 W. Center Street.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Community Development Department at 770-830-2000 or by email at: estuddard@carrollton-ga.gov or lcampbell@carrollton-ga.gov.

Mayor and Council October Work Session

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a work session on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 9am in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA.  

The purpose of the Work Session is to vote on the Culture Lounge alcohol license, review a site plan amendment request at E. Reese St. / Rhudy St, review a GDOT Transportation Enhancement Grant agreement, discuss a multi-family housing inspection program, discuss extended stay hotels/motels, review current bid projects, discuss parking lot paving, vehicle purchases, board appointments and an executive session regarding real estate matters. The work session will be streamed via Zoom, please email hbeaver@carrollton-ga.gov for the meeting ID. A summary of the work session will be posted on the City website within 48 hours after the meeting.

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or fpullen@carrollton-ga.gov prior to the work session. 

City Offers New Brown Yard Debris Bins

The City of Carrollton is pleased to offer our customers a brown wheeled bin (similar to a garbage bin) to make collecting yard debris easier. The cost of each bin is $60 and the City will cover half. If you would like a brown bin, a one-time charge of $30 will be added to your utility bill. Only City-issued brown bins may be used due to truck compatibility requirements. Bins will be available for distribution in late October. To order, email the account name and service address to utilitybilling@carrollton-ga.gov or call 770-830-2000.

Go here for information on all City of Carrollton garbage and debris collection policies and guidelines.