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12/16/2015

Sheriff Emphasizes Child Safety

During the upcoming holiday season, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be working throughout the parish with a focus on impaired drivers and those not wearing seat belts and not having children in appropriate restraints.  Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children one to twelve years of age in the United States and it is important that every child is in the correct safety seat to accommodate their growing bodies.

 Sheriff Randy Seal encourages drivers to refer to their specific child safety seat manufacturer’s manual for instructions on how to install the safety seat.  The vehicle owner’s manual also includes information on the proper placement of the safety seat and roper use of the seat belt or LATCH system.

 Louisiana Revised Statute 32:295 states, “Children under the age of 6 years or less than 60 pounds must be in a child restraint system or booster sea that is age and size appropriate, in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.  Children 6 to 12 years of age must be restrained by a lap belt, shoulder harness, or an age/size appropriate child safety seat or booster seat.”

 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports most parents are confident they have correctly installed their child’s safety seat, but 59 percent have not.  Common child safety seat errors include: installing the seat too loosely; putting the harness straps through the wrong slots; leaving harness straps too loose; positioning the chest clip incorrectly; and using the wrong seat belt path.

 Sheriff Seal encourages drivers to always take extra caution when installing and using child restraint systems.  He went on to say, “I have instructed our deputies to be especially attentive during the upcoming holiday season.  They will be looking for impaired drivers and will enforce all laws regarding vehicle and traffic safety.  Please be careful and make certain that the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are safe ones for all of our parish residents, especially our children.”

To learn more click on link:  CHILD SAFETY GUIDELINES

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