Monday, 15 July 2024

CHP to host child safety seat checkup event Saturday

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol will host a child safety seat checkup event for the community on Saturday, Aug. 14.


It will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the McDonald's parking lot, 1400 Todd Road, in Lakeport.


A certified child passenger safety technicians will be at the event to perform child safety seat evaluations for all children in the vehicle under the age of 6 years old, as well as to explain to event participants the importance of ensuring all children are properly secured in a motor vehicle.


This will be a free service to the motorist.


Children riding in vehicles are required by law to be properly restrained in a child safety seat until the age of 6, or they weigh 60 pounds.


Not only is it the law, but it’s also much safer, the CHP reported. An unrestrained child in a car is at significant risk of injury or death in the event of even a minor traffic collision.


Protect your children by using age-appropriate passenger restraint devices – safety seats or seat belts for older children.


Your child’s life depends on that car seat, that’s why it is important to make sure it is properly installed, according to the CHP.


The California Office of Traffic Safety reported that California’s child safety seat usage rate reached a record high of 94 percent in 2008 but dropped to 91 percent in 2009.


The CHP implemented their Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Program in April 1999. Thousands of employees have been trained in CPS, including CHP cadets.


The funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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