Monday, August 20, 2018 - Families Urged to Apply Soon for Child Safety Seat Program

La. SONIC Restaurants Raise $60,000 for Free Seats

LAFAYETTE, La. – Needy families in Louisiana are urged to apply quickly for a free statewide program that provides child safety seats and education on proper installation. Demand is typically high for the program organized by University Medical Center New Orleans and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force in partnership with the state’s SONIC Drive-In restaurants.


Program applications are available here, and the deadline is Sept. 28 or sooner as seats are awarded to eligible recipients on a first-come, first-served basis.

SONIC employees throughout Louisiana raised $60,000 through sales of the 2017 “Tot Calendar.” Customers pay $5 for the calendars that offer special coupons for SONIC  menu items. All proceeds of the sales benefit the safety seat program.


Now in its third year, the campaign has raised a total of $163,000, and in 2016 and 2017, it paid for 1,850 seats. A video with more information on the program is available here.


“Having a properly installed child safety seat is one of the most important things a parent can do,” says Bridget Gardner, a registered nurse and coordinator of the Community Injury Prevention Program at UMC New Orleans. “When used correctly, child restraints are the biggest factor in protecting children in motor vehicle crashes.”


“SONIC celebrates car culture and families, so kid safety is top-of-mind for us,” says Ted Kergan, owner of Kergan Bros. Sonic Group, the state’s largest SONIC franchisee. “It’s easy for our employees to support this program, because we know it works. These car seats have literally saved children’s lives.”


About Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force

The Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force is a network of certified child passenger safety technicians who work to correct the installation of child restraints, encourage child safety seat and seat belt usage in motor vehicles, and provide resources to technicians and the community to reduce injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes. The LPSTF is an injury prevention special interest group run by the University Medical Center New Orleans Trauma Program.


About University Medical Center

University Medical Center New Orleans is the academic medical center of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit health system. UMC New Orleans serves as a key partner of LSU Health Science Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions. UMC is home to the Rev. Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital, named in honor of the respected Civil Rights and community leader who served in the Louisiana Legislature for more than 20 years.


About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, is the nation's largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of SONIC’s nearly 3,600 drive-ins are owned by local business men and women. For 65 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC's Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with, SONIC has donated $10.4 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit and please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about SONIC's Limeades for Learning, please visit

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