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Keeping children safe while riding in a vehicle is a top priority for the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The CHP has teamed up Sierra Market to conduct a FREE car seat check-up event. The recent California law that took effect January 1, 2012, extends the length of time a child must use a child passenger restraint or safety seat by two additional years while riding in a motor vehicle. The new law means child passengers must ride in either a car seat or booster seat until the age of eight and the only exception to the law is if the child is 4 feet 9 inches in height. Officer Chris Nave with the Gold run CHP Office appeared on the KAHI Noon News with Mary West to encourage anyone who has a child as a passenger in their vehicle to come out to this event.
Child safety seats installed and used correctly have been proven to save lives. National studies show three out of four kids are not as secure in vehicles as they should be, because their car seats are not being used correctly. The CHP urges parents and guardians to reduce the risk of death and injury to their children by allowing a certified car seat technician to properly secure their child. Child safety seats and safety belts, when installed and used properly, can prevent injuries and save lives.
Funding for CHP’s program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The car seat safety event is Sunday, January 26th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Sierra Market, 575 S. Auburn Street, in Colfax.