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  • Child Safety

    There are very few issues today that are more important than child safety. As adults, we are responsible for the safety of all children, especially ones in our care. Thus, it is of the utmost importance to remember all laws and common sense about the safety of children.

    Safety Seats:Car Seat 

    All occupants within the vehicle must be PROPERLY restrained especially children and are subject to California’s Mandatory Seat Belt Law. Current California law states that children under the age of 2 shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. Children under the age of 8 must be PROPERLY restrained in a car seat or booster chair in the back seat. Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height MUST be secured by a safety belt.

    California Laws do not fully address advancing your child from a five point harness to a booster seat. In the interest of safety, do not hurry to move your child into a booster seat before they are ready. When moving your child into the next type of seat there is a reduction in the level of protection for your child; so to ensure your child is safe, keep your child in each stage for as long as possible.

    Quick Checklist for Visible Errors

    • Child riding unrestrained or sharing a safety belt
    • Child Riding in front seat.
    • Child under the age of 2 facing front of the car
    • Placing a rear facing child seat in front of an air bag
    • Harness is too loose or not on the child’s shoulders
    • Chest clip is over the child’s tummy instead of chest
    • Safety seat not installed correctly
    • Shoulder belt under arm or behind back
    • Shoulder belt too close to child’s face (indicating need for booster seat)

    5 Step Test to see if your child is Booster seat ready

    • Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat? 
    • Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat? 
    • Does the belt cross the shoulder between the neck and arm? 
    • Is the lap belt as low as possible, touching the thighs? 
    • Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip? 

    If you answered "No" to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat.

    If you have any questions, doubts or concerns with the installation or condition of your child’s safety seat contact the Traffic Office.  

    Seat Belts:

    Do you make sure your children are seat belted? Last year, 4,000 unbuckled children under the age of 16 lost their lives in traffic accidents.

    School Bus / Zones:School Bus 

    You must STOP when you see a school bus flashing red lights, warning you of possible children crossing the road. All too often, people will slow, and then proceed, which is illegal. Always be mindful to drive extra carefully around any school or in neighborhood where children may dart into the road.

    Bicycle Helmets:Bike helmet 

    All bicycle riders and passengers under age 18 must wear bicycle helmets while operating a bicycle in a public place. The helmets must be properly fitted and fastened.

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