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Child Safety Seat Event Held at Twiggs Co. Schools
Child Safety Seat Event Held at Twiggs Co. Schools

On October 13th the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office held a joint teacher, parent, and student education lecture on the child safety and booster seats.  The lecture was conducted by Major Jamie McDaniel and Sgt. Joshua Hasty of the Sheriff’s Office. 

 About 15 parents and teachers attended the first lecture that covered the Georgia child safety seat law, requirements and regulations, the proper install and placement of safety seats, and how to secure your child inside a safety seat.   After the parent, teacher session deputies went from room to room lecturing to the children from grades 1st through 4th on the importance of riding in a safety seat or a booster seat when travelling in any vehicle.  Handouts were given to all the children to take home to their parents. 

 On July 1, 2011 new legislation was passed in Georgia that extended the age to 8 years old that a child must be properly secured in an approved car seat or booster seat.   Deputies stressed that just because your child meets Georgia law at age 8 it is still very important that your child remains in a booster seat if seatbelts do not correctly fit.  Make sure that the seat belt crosses the hips and should blades and is off and clear of the neck area.   The same event is in the planning for the Jeffersonville Elementary School.  Letters will be sent home with students before the event is held.  If any civic group or church wants the same training please contact Major Jamie McDaniel at 478-945-3357 ext. 106.

 

Best Practice Recommendations by the GA Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

  • Always read and follow child restraint instructions for proper use of the child restraint system as well as the vehicle owner’s manual.
  • Child restraints should be installed with no more than one inch of movement from side to side or front to back.  (Tested at the belt path.)
  • Rear facing child restraints should never be placed in front of an active air bag.
  • Children should remain rear facing until they reach the upper weight limit or height allowed by the seat.
  • Children should remain in a booster seat until the safety belt fits them correctly across the hips and collar bone.
  • Children age twelve and under should ride in the back seat of the vehicle whenever possible.  The back seat is the safest position for children.
  • Expectant mothers should always wear their safety belts.

                 

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