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Traffic tip: New law enhances child passenger safety

By Victoria Advocate
May 15, 2011 at 12:15 a.m.


Today we're looking at traffic law 545.412 Child Passenger Safety Seat Systems. This is only a section of 545.412. The rest was mainly definitions.

Sec.545.412.-CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY SEAT SYSTEMS; OFFENSE.

(a) A person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than eight years of age, unless the child is taller than four feet, nine inches, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.

(b) An offense under this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $25 for the first offense and not more than $250 for a second or subsequent offense.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?

Many people are still not clear on the change that came about in September 2009. Make sure all children in your vehicle are properly secured. Use a child safety seat appropriate for their age, weight and height. State law requires that you always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Adults and children must be buckled up whether they are in the front or back seat.

In order to keep our roads safe, the Victoria Police Department conducts daily traffic enforcement activities. Citations and written warnings are a means to correct and change driving behavior, so all of us who drive along Texas highways are safe.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit reminds you to drive safe. The life you save may be your own.

For more information, contact Sgt. Julian Huerta, Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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