Car Seat Safety Checked | Parents & kids
Henderson police held a checkpoint Wednesday to ensure children were properly buckled up.
The police department teamed with SAFE KIDS to make sure car seats were properly installed, and children were strapped in.
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of children. So, it is so important to have your kids buckled up every time, every ride,” Jeanne Cosgrove with SAFE KIDS said. “Most of these parents today have said they were going a short distance and didn't think anything could happen in that short distance, but it can.”
Nevada law says all children under the age of 6 or weighing less than 60 pounds must be in a car seat. A driver with a child not in a car seat can face a $300 ticket.
“This is a primary law like speeding or running a red light. We see a child in the backseat standing up, that is under the age of 6 or under 60 pounds, we will issue a citation,” Sgt. Timothy O’Neill with Henderson police said. “It is a saving grace for a child compared to if you got involved in an accident. That child becomes a projectile in that car, and the last thing we want to see is that child being thrown out of that car because they are not buckled.”
Some car seats can be expensive, but all car seats must meet the same national safety standards no matter the price.