TxDOT to hold free child safety seat checkup Sept. 26 Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Ellis County on September 20, 2015 by Staff Report ELLIS COUNTY – The Texas Department of Transportation will hold a free child safety seat checkup on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Avenue Church in Waxahachie as part of national Child Passenger Safety Week.TxDOT offers free child safety seat checks at the agency's 25 statewide district offices and encourages all caregivers to make an appointment to have their child's safety seat inspected and installed properly. TxDOT reminds all Texans that properly restraining their children while riding in vehicles is an everyday, year-round responsibility. It's also the law.The event in Waxahache is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Avenue Church located at 1716 N. Hwy. 77. To schedule an appointment, call 972-825-5175."We're not going to stop until every child in Texas is buckled into the correct safety seat for their age and size," said TxDOT Executive Director Lt. Gen. Joe Weber, USMC (Ret). "It's not only the law, but it's also unacceptable for any child to die or be injured on our roads – especially if those deaths and injuries could have been prevented with the proper use of a safety seat."In 2014, crashes on Texas roads killed 81 children younger than 8 years of age. In 2013, that number was 67.Texas law requires all children under 8 years old – unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches – to be in a child safety seat whenever they ride in a passenger vehicle. Failure to properly restrain a child can result in a ticket up to $250.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports most parents are confident they have correctly installed their child's safety seat, but 59 percent have not. Common child safety seat errors include: installing the seat too loosely; putting the harness straps through the wrong slots; leaving harness straps too loose; positioning the chest clip incorrectly; and using the wrong seat belt path.Drivers should refer to their specific child safety seat manufacturer's manual for instructions on how to install the safety seat. The vehicle owner's manual also includes information on the proper placement of the safety seat and proper use of the seat belt or LATCH system.To schedule a free child safety seat check with a nearby TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, text the word "seat" and your ZIP code to 876526. Drivers also can visit www.SaveMeWithASeat.com to learn if a child should be in a rear-facing seat, forward-facing seat or booster seat.During Child Passenger Safety Week, two TxDOT safety demonstration vans will travel the state to show caregivers how to choose and install the correct safety seat for their child. The demo vans will appear at safety seat check events and media outlets.For more information, contact TxDOT spokesman Ryan LaFontaine at email@example.com or (214) 770-1020. You may also be interested in readingCosts for housing one immigrant child for 21 days to rival raising one U.S. child for entire yearCongressman Joe Barton files for re-electionDPS increases school bus safety effortsRep. John Wray lends support to Texas A&M Student Senate Bill on eminent domainCOLUMN: The nearest thing to heaven is a childCandidate profile: Mike DeLaraHope Clinic presents award to Congressman Joe BartonDecorated military officer announces candidacy against Joe Barton in TX-6Financial misinformation raising questions about “undocumented immigrant children”Gingerbread House to hold open house during Child Abuse Awareness Month ← Hope Clinic awarded additional federal fundingPaduch named Semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program → You must log in to post a comment.