Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) recently hosted a child safety seat inspection in Freeport. Parents who attended the free event had their car seats inspected by trained technicians who could offer the latest advice and installation assistance.
The event, which was held at Conte Chevrolet in Freeport, was coordinated with the Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC). The safety inspections were done as part of EAC’s Safe Start program, which aims to improve the use of safety restraints for all motor vehicle occupants and to promote safer driving practices through education.
Topics such as aggressive driving, driving distractions, improper or nonuse of seat belts, child safety seats, booster seats or other child passenger restraints and the dangers of leaving children unattended in motor vehicles are all covered as part of the program.
Parents were also supplied with information on how to properly safeguard their children in motor vehicles, including information about New York State’s new booster seat law. The law, which Senator Fuschillo cosponsored, took effect on March 27th of this year.
Under the new law:
- Children between the ages of 4 and 7 must be restrained in an appropriate child safety seat, harness/vest, or booster seat that meets the child's height, weight, and size according to the manufacturer's recommendation for that restraint system.
- Children under the age of 4 are required to be restrained in a federally approved child safety seat when riding in a motor vehicle. If the weight of a child under the age of 4 exceeds 40 pounds, the child may be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system, allowing the child to use a booster seat.
- Violators could face a fine ranging from $25 to $100.
"Child safety seats are only fully operational when they are properly installed and, unfortunately, over 80% of seats are installed incorrectly. I urge every parent to make certain that their child’s seat is installed properly and that it is the correct seat for their child’s weight, height and age," stated Senator Fuschillo.
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