EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSParents Offered Free Car Seat Inspections In Charleston
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Reported by: Taisha Walker
Videographer: Mike Magee
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 9, 2013 12:58 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 9, 2013 1:17 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The primary seat belt law is now law of the land in the Mountain State.
Law enforcement officers can now pull offenders over as a primary offense and hand them a $25 citation for not buckling up. The Governor's Highway Safety Program kicked off its safe kids event Tuesday to coincide with the new seat belt law.
Parents were encouraged to bring their child's car seats down to the Shops of Kanawha in Charleston to have Child Passenger Safety Program workers inspect them for free. If you would like to have your child's car seat professionally inspected, contact the fitting station of your local police department.
Before putting your vehicle in drive, here are some car seat safety tips:
1) Children under 2 years old should have their care seat facing the rear of the vehicle
2) Follow weight restrictions
3) Children should use a booster seat until their 9th birthday
4) Only children 13 years old and up should ride in the front seat
5) Booster seats with a lap and shoulder strap provide the best protection
6) Children are more likely to wear their seat belts when they see an adult wearing one.
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