Car Seat Safety

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and its Drive Smart program has been conducting several child safety seat inspections throughout the state.

Transportation Cabinet Officials will be at the Bowling Green Fire Department Station Number 4 on Morgantown Road from 2-5 p.m. on Monday, February 19, 2007. The following morning they will be at the Barren County Maintenance Barn in Glasgow, and later in the day, officials will be at the Adair County Ambulance Service in Columbia.

All of this is to promote February as National Child Passenger Safety Month.

"Its always important for people to be looking at child seat safety if you have a child that requires a child safety seat," said Keirsten Jaggers, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet public information officer.

Jaggers also said when most people use a car seat for their children, they neglect two major issues. The first one is whether the seat is fitted to the size of the child that will be riding in it. The second is whether its installed properly to protect the child.

Jaggers said 85 percent of all car seats aren't installed properly.

"People think they can just take the seatbelt and run it through the bottom and everything's good to go but there is a criteria for different-sized children," Jaggers said.

She also said she hopes focusing in on car seat safety as well as the possible passage of a booster seat law for children that have outgrown a car seat but are too small to be securely held by just a seatbelt will keep our young ones safe as they ride in cars.

The proposed Booster Seat bill cleared the House's Health and Wellness Committee and will be presented to the Senate for final approval. Over the past couple of years, several similar bills passed in the House but failed to win approval in the Senate chambers.