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Sanilac County deputy pushes for stronger child safety laws | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


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Feb. 8, 2024


Sanilac County Deputy Matt Gezequel, right, testified before the Michigan State Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, along with pediatrician Dr. Jonathan Gold, left, and retired car seat technician Lew Moquin, center.

Sanliac County Sheriff’s Office

A Sanilac County deputy sheriff testified before a state Senate committee on Tuesday to urge Michigan lawmakers to strengthen child passenger safety laws.

Deputy Matt Gezequel, who has working with child passenger safety programs since 2001, appeared before members of the Michigan State Senate Transportation Committee to advocate for passage of House bills 4511 and 4512, which would revise requirements for child safety restraints and bring Michigan law in line with 26 other states and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Gezequel was first certified as a child passenger safety technician in 2001 and then went on to become a child passenger safety technician instructor in 2003. He has trained numerous members of law enforcement as well as Michigan residents throughout the state.

As part of his commitment to child passenger safety, Gezequel and his wife Jennifer have been actively involved with the Greater Thumb and Saginaw SAFE KIDS Coalition in which they have checked over 15,000 child seats and distributed more than 8,000 grant-funded and newly donated car seats to families in more than 23 Michigan counties.

“Our office is grateful for the opportunity afforded to Deputy Matt Gezequel in his testimony to the State Senate Transportation Committee on the importance of Child Passenger Safety,” Sanilac County Sheriff Paul Rich said in a press release. “I would also like to give special thanks to Deputy Gezequel for his continued dedication to such programs which helps highlight just how important the safety of our children truly is.” 

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