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CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY 11-23-15 LMS

Sherry Jenkins from the Office of Highway Safety and potential new county employee Carma McKinnon met with the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday, November 23, to ask if the county would be interested in administering the Idaho Child Passenger Safety Centralized Leadership Program.

The overall emphasis of the program is child safety by way of making sure children in vehicles are properly restrained with the right kind of seat belts. Jenkins said the mission of the statewide, federally funded program is to educate parents and caregivers and to encourage law enforcement to do car-seat checks. She asked if Lemhi County would be interested in sponsoring the educational project. Jenkins said if it is, the county would become the hub of the program for the state. The program, which has been in place for ten years, funds car-seats as well as educational materials.

If the county accepts the invitation Carma McKinnon would become a full-time employee of the county. She would be paid with funds from the Office of Highway Safety and tasked with being the instructor for the program. Jenkins said McKinnon is the best instructor in the state.

McKinnon and her husband recently moved here from Gooding County where she was the Injury Prevention Coordinator in Twin Falls.

McKinnon, who is certified in child passenger safety and special needs, would host and conduct trainings in Lemhi County for adults as well as law enforcement. She would manage the local program which extends to injury prevention, child passenger safety and Agricultural safety.

Commissioners Rick Snyder and John Jakovac, County Clerk Terri Morton, Sheriff Lynn Bowerman and the child safety representatives discussed what would be required of the county. The sheriff said some office space in his department could be found for McKinnon. He said he thought having the program would be outstanding and to have Lemhi County connected to the program would be a great.

The commissioners indicated a definite interest contingent on a list of details that need to be provided. Jenkins will proceed with researching the board’s questions and will report her findings in December.


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