Increase in Child Restraint Citations

By: Cathleen Moxley
By: Cathleen Moxley

It's something that only takes a few minutes, but could save a child's life in a car accident, but West Virginia State Troopers are concerned that children aren't being properly secured in moving vehicles.

State Police tell us, over the holiday weekend, they saw a significant increase in children who were not properly buckled into safety seats.

Police say they issued 28 child restraint citations and 14 warnings.

"We would like to see that people are properly securing their children, whether is be the parent/guardian, or whoever at the time, brother or sister, who's transporting them. Make sure they're seat-belted in. You should be wearing your seat-belt as an adult anyways," Sgt. G.L. Brown said.

Sergeant Brown also says any child under 40 pounds or the age of four must be secured in an approved child safety seat.

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  • by Nikki Location: Vienna on May 28, 2009 at 06:00 PM can go to this site to see what seats are required for your children:
  • by Seatbelts Location: WV on May 28, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    It would be nice to see the local departments hold more Child Safety Seat Checks. They have staff that are trained to check the seats, so the need to put the training to use. It can be difficult to get accurate information. More assistance to the community would be greatly appreciated.
  • by concerned Location: ohio on May 28, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    its great if they dont have enough sense to put their kids safety in mind someone should see to it they are protected. what about the air bags and what are the law requirements on front seat kid passengers and do kids in the back seat over 8 still state law seatbelts required? i see kids in the back seats of cars playing some seem to be good size. i use to hate the seatbelt law for adults now its like turning the car on,buckle up. no reason not to protect the babies get them use to seat belts dont believe they will ever leave us. my concern kids riding in the front seat seatbelt or not, is their a age?
  • by anonymous2 Location: Parkersburg on May 28, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    Could somebody explain what type of seat is appropriate for a child? When is it OK to change from a carseat to a booster seat?
  • by Anonymous Location: mineral wells on May 27, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    i was pulled over and they told me the age of 9 yrs old so make up your mind is it 4 40 pounds or nine or just whatever you want it to be to make it sound like you know what your talking about.
  • by R on May 27, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    West Virginia state law requires that all children under age 8 ride in an appropriate, federally approved car seat or booster seat that is installed and used according to manufacturer's instructions. If the child is under 8 years old but is taller than 4'9", the child may ride in a seat belt according to West Virginia law. why are they saying 4 or 40 lbs?
  • by Anonymous Location: Parkersburg on May 27, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    Its about time they start cracking down on child safety seats. I am so tired of seeing kids unrestrained or not properly restrained. The is pure neglect on the parents part.
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