This is Child Passenger Safety week.
State law requires children younger than 8 years old to be in a child safety seat or booster seat appropriate for their height and weight,
and seats must be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
“One of the biggest mistakes made by the parent or caretaker of the child, aside from not keeping them in the car seat, is using both the latch (lower anchors and tethers for child harnesses) system and the seat belt at the same time,” said Andrew Denmon, Safe Kids of Floyd County coordinator.
Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly, Denmon said.
“If a child arrives unrestrained or improperly restrained, our technicians educate the vehicle’s driver, who is responsible for making sure occupants are properly restrained,” he said.
There are about 16 child passenger safety technicians in Floyd County, including Georgia State Patrol troopers, Rome Police Department officers, a Cave Spring Police Department officer and firemen from Cave Spring, according to Denmon.
For more information about the event you may contact Denmon at 706-252-0815 or at email@example.com.