A thousand free child booster seats will be given away Saturday as part of a campaign to better protect children when they ride in cars.

The free seats will be given away from 9 a.m. to noon at four Tucson Police Department substations:

• TPD South, Santa Cruz Substation, 4410 S. Park

• TPD East, Rincon Substation, 9670 E. Golf Links Road

TPD Westside, Service Center, 1310 W. Miracle Mile

TPD Midtown, Hardesty Substation, 1100 S. Alvernon Way

Children must be present for their caregivers to receive a booster seat. Vehicles must have working lap and shoulder seat belts. 

Seats will be handed out on a first-come, first served basis until they run out.

Caregivers unable to attend the event can make arrangements to get a booster seat by calling the Desert Kids Safety Program: 324-5604.

Arizona recently passed a booster seat law that requires children be secured in a child passenger restraint system if they are between the ages 5 to 8 and stand less than 4-foot-9-inches tall.  

The event is a partnership between Tucson Medical Center, the Tucson Police Department and Safe Kids Tucson. 

The Tucson Police Department recently received a $23,000 Occupant Protection Grant from the Governors Office of Highway Safety to fund activities that will heighten the public’s awareness of hazards to children who are not properly secured when riding in a vehicle.