The Grant County Child Passenger Safety Team’s goal is to ensure that children are transported safely and to educate parents about the importance of transporting children in properly fitted and installed car seats or boosters. We are not a store or a free car seat giveaway program. It is important to encourage parents to take responsibility for the safety of their child.
How safe Kids Grant Counties Car Seat Program works
- Referrals are distributed by our local social service agency partners such as WIC who have identified a family in need of a low cost new car seat. The client will then be asked to call and make an appointment for both the distribution of the car seat as well as the education/installation of the seat. For this reason we do not take walk-ins as these appointments tend to take some time.
- All recipients are asked to make a $30.00 donation toward the cost of the seat ($15 for booster seat).
- If the recipient does not have money available at the time of the car seat installation a payment agreement is signed and a self addressed envelope is given to the client so they can mail a donation when funds are available. The future of this program relies on donations to be able to offer low cost child seats.
The Grant County Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Team also hosts car seat check up events. These events are held out in the community. Parents and care givers pull in and CPS technicians explain and demonstrate proper installation with the parent and care givers.
Washington State Child passenger safety Laws:
Child Restraint Laws
- Children under 13 years old must travel in the back seat when practical.
- All car seats and booster seats must be used correctly according to the car seat AND vehicle manufacturer’s instructions.
- Children who are under 8 years of age or under 4′ 9″ are required to remain in a child restraint. When your child reaches 4′ 9″ they may try the adult safety belt.
- If it does not fit correctly they must remain in a child restraint
Seat Belt Laws
- All vehicle occupants must be properly restrained in all seating positions.
- The driver is responsible for properly securing all children under the age of 16.
- Passengers 16 years of age and older are responsible for themselves. They may receive their own citation if they are not properly restrained.
- Buckling one seat belt around two people or placing the seat belt under the arm or behind the back is dangerous, can cause death or serious injury, and is a violation of the law.
The CPS team partners with the Central Basin Traffic Safety Task Force to conduct child restraint emphasis patrols. A law enforcement officer is paired with a CPS technician during the patrols. The CPS team’s goal is to educate parents, caregivers and law enforcement officers on the proper use of child restraints. Each person who is pulled over is given a list of CPS technicians and encouraged to make an appointment to have their restraints checked. They are then provided a copy of the check up form which they can share in court. Grant County Sheriff’s Office Motor Traffic Unit received a 2010 Target Zero Award for their leadership role in the implementation of Grant County’s child restraint emphasis patrol program.
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Is your child’s car seat registered? Parents can register their new or currently used car seat, ensuring that they are promptly notified about future recalls and guided through the repair process. Here’s how:
- Register online with your car seat manufacturer, using the information found on the information sticker on your car seat.
- Fill out the registration card that came with your car seat. It’s pre-populated with your car seat’s information. Mail the card; no postage required.