A program sponsored by the county health department Saturday helped provide county residents with information regarding child car seats.
Underneath a canopy set up in front of the Chapman Schools building, Patricia Rickards, who is in charge of the program at the health department, said that as of Jan. 2015, under state law children under the age of 5 must be restrained using approved devices.
Failure to comply carries a possible fine of $60 plus court costs and can put three points on the driver’s license.
Law enforcement teamed up with Weems ambulance staff and public health officials Saturday to inspect child restraints installed in vehicles and offer advice on how to best use them. Also available were car seats for just $20.
Remember to choose the correct device. For newborns, use a rear facing seat that cradles the fragile neck and spine.
Choose a car seat that fits well in your vehicle. Read the manual for proper installation and maintenance. Once installed, a car seat should not move more than an inch when pulled at the belt path. When the child is in the seat straps should lie flat and chest clip should be at armpit level, according to the Occupant Protection Resource Center.
Rickards can help people with compliance and advice, and has the seats available for purchase. Call her at 653-2111 ext. 128, or 370-6251 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org