Keeping the kiddos safe is super important, both to parents and the New York State DMV. According to the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, car crashes are the leading cause of death for 1 to 13 year olds. That's why they're rolling out a number of free car seat safety checks across the state throughout September and even into October.

Officials will provide information about child passenger safety and inspect your car seat to make sure it's equipped to protect your child. While inspections are free, appointments are required at most events, so make sure to call ahead.

There are safety checks in counties all across NYS, so you can find the full list on the GTSC website. Here is information on dates closest to Central New York.

Madison County - September 17 
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Big Lots Parking Lot
102 Utica Street, Hamilton, NY 13346
Agency: Madison County Health Department
Contact: Chrystal Johnson at (315) 366-2361

Oneida County - September 18
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Boonville Police Station, 13149 State Route 12, Boonville, NY 13309
Agency: Village of Boonville Police Department
Contact: Officer Jennifer Tabolt at (315) 771-4624

Delaware County - September 19 
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sissy's Little Lambs Children's Center
383 Delaware County Highway 11, Oneonta, NY 13820
Agency: Delaware County Public Health
Contact: Heather Warner at (607) 832-5200

Onondaga County - September 21
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fayetteville Fire Department, 425 E Genesee St, Fayetteville, NY 13066
Agency: Manlius Police Department
Contact: Ken Hatter at (315) 682-2212

Herkimer County - September 21
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Illion Municipal Building rear parking lot
49 Morgan Street, Illion, NY 13357
Enter the parking lot using the one-way parking lot entrance next to the Illion Police Department, which is located at at 55 First Street.
Agency: Village of Illion Police Department
Contact: Captain Laurie Ann DeVaul at (315) 894-9911

Oneida County - September 25
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Boonville Police Station, 13149 State Route 12, Boonville, NY 13309
Agency: Village of Boonville Police Department
Contact: Officer Jennifer Tabolt at (315) 771-4624

Onondaga County - October 24
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Manlius Fire Department, 8200 Cazenovia Rd, Manlius, NY 13104
Agency: Manlius Police Department
Contact: Ken Hatter at (315) 682-2212