As kids get back to school, the Traffic Safety Task Force offers a reminder to drivers to make sure everyone is buckled up every time. In surveys conducted last spring, the Task Force says it found 58 percent of children in grades K-5 were buckled incorrectly. The most common errors found were:
- Children under 13 riding in the front seat
- Children buckled with their backpacks on
- Children too small for the adult seat belt not riding in a booster seat
Through a grant received from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission last Fall, the Task Force will continue its education and media blitz to get more children riding correctly, according to a news release.
A car seat check up event will be held Sept. 20 from 1-4 p.m. at Children’s Home Society, 1612 Penny Lane. The car seat check is performed by nationally certified car seat technicians and is done free of charge. Parents or care-givers unable to attend the scheduled check up event can schedule an individual appointment through the Task Force by calling 524-2936.
Car Seat Project emphasis patrols will also continue through September with officers from the Walla Walla Police Department, Washington State Patrol and Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office participating.