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Traffic Tip: Is that car seat right for your child?

By By Zac De La Rosa
June 9, 2012 at 1:09 a.m.


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 8 years of age, unless the child is taller than 4 feet, 9 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?

Drivers today need not only make sure their child is secured in a safety seat but should also be cognizant of whether or not the seat is right for their child. The wrong size or model of car seat may actually do more harm than good to your child. Every child seat or booster has instructions and regulations set by the manufacturer to ensure that the seat is right for your child's age, height and weight. These regulations are tested and set to ensure the maximum protection for your little loved ones.

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

For more information, contact the Victoria Police Traffic Unit at 361-485-3700.

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