As part of its September “Save Me with a Seat” campaign, TxDOT is encouraging parents to sign up for a free child safety seat check-up at any of its 25 district offices located throughout Texas.
They point out that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that 2 out of 3 safety seats are not used correctly. They say that child safety seats in passenger cars reduce the risk of child fatalities by 71% for infants and 54 percent for toddlers.
Last year in Texas, 408 children younger than 8 years old were seriously injured and 73 died in traffic crashes. 411 children ages 8 to 12 were seriously injured and 30 killed.
To protect against injury, TxDOT recommends that all children under age 13 ride in the back seat, properly secured in a seat belt or safety seat.
TxDOT’s free safety seat inspections are available weekdays throughout the year and take about 20 to 30 minutes. To schedule a seat check-up with a TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, visit SaveMeWithaSeat.org and enter your ZIP code to find the nearest TxDOT district office. Drivers also can find out if a child should be in a rear-facing, forward-facing or booster seat and get other child passenger safety tips by visiting the website.
State law requires all children under 8 years old, unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches, to be in a safety seat whenever they ride in a vehicle. Failure to properly restrain a child can result in a ticket of up to $250.