Sierra Vista, AZ. 09/17/16. The Sierra Vista Police Department will emphasize strict enforcement of child passenger safety laws in support of the national Child Passenger Safety Week campaign from Sunday, Sept. 18, through Saturday, Sept. 24.
Police officers will enhance enforcement and public awareness of child passenger safety laws by exercising zero tolerance for child restraint and seat belt violations during this time period. Officers will focus on heightened enforcement of the following laws:
- A person shall not operate a motor vehicle when transporting a child under the age of 5 unless that child is properly secured in a child restraint system.
- Any passenger who is under 16 years old must have their lap and shoulder belt properly fastened while the vehicle is in motion.
- Anyone in the front seats of a motor vehicle must have the lap and shoulder belt properly fastened while the vehicle is in motion.
“Traffic fatalities and serious injuries can often be prevented by buckling up and ensuring all passengers, especially children, are properly secured as well,” says Tim Wachtel, public information officer for the Sierra Vista Police Department.
Every 33 seconds a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Child Passenger Safety Week campaign is conducted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in conjunction with the NHTSA.
Free child safety seats and seat checks
Sierra Vista Fire and Medical Services offers free child passenger seats and seat checks, pending completion of a hands-on class.
The free class takes about 40 minutes and participants are expected to install their own seat at the end of the session with the guidance of a technician. All checks are done by appointment only.
To schedule an appointment, call (520) 417-4400 or go to www.SierraVistaAZ.gov and find the online form by searching for “Car Seat Safety Check.”