Police across the state focused on car seat and seatbelt violations as part of National Child Passenger Sefety Week Sept. 12 through 19.
Police cited 102 drivers for failing to properly secure the children with them in child safety seats, or for failing to have them in any car seat at all. The enforcement was part of a week’s worth of activities scheduled for National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 12 through 19.
Officers from 12 state and local police agencies conducted both checkpoints and roving patrols looking for unrestrained children. In addition to the 102 child restraint citations, officers also issued 639 citations to drivers for violations of Delaware’s seat belt law, stopped 94 drivers for speeding, arrested six for DUI, apprehended seven wanted individuals, made six drug arrests and issued 307 citations for other traffic violations.
National CPS Week is an annual campaign to bring public attention to the importance of properly securing all children in appropriate child safety seats, booster seats, or seat belts – every trip, every time.
Nationally, three out of four child children are riding at risk because their car seats are not installed properly.
Education also played a major role in last week’s efforts to keep children safe. Certified child passenger safety technicians statewide conducted five child safety seat check events and inspected a total of 66 child safety seats for correct installation.
Those who could not make one of the scheduled child safety seat check events may visit the Office of Highway Safety website at www.ohs.delaware.gov and click on the “Child Passengers” link on the left side of the page to find a fitting station near you. Fitting stations are open three days a week. Appointments for this free service are recommended but walk-ins are also welcome.
Delaware law states that all children up to age eight or 65 pounds in weight must be properly secured in a child safety seat. All children ages eight up to 16 or more than 65 pounds must be properly secured in a seat belt. No child under age 12 or 5 feet 5 inches tall may sit in the front seat when the vehicle is equipped with an airbag in front of the passenger seat. Violations result in a $25 citation.
Participating agencies in the enforcement effort included Clayton Police, Dagsboro Police, Delaware State Police, Felton Police, Georgetown Police, Harrington Police, Laurel Police, Millsboro Police, New Castle City Police, Ocean View Police, Seaford Police and Smyrna Police.