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PennDOT And State Police Promote National Child Passenger Safety Week

Highway Safety News, PennDOT News | September 16th, 2016

PennDOT, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and TMA Bucks are encouraging motorists to participate in free child passenger safety seat checkups across the greater Philadelphia region as the agencies mark National Child Passenger Safety Week on Sunday, September 18 through Saturday, September 24.

Pennsylvania Child Passenger Safety Protection Law requires all drivers to:

  • Secure infants and children under 8 years of age in an approved child restraint/booster when the child is riding anywhere in the motor vehicle, including the cargo area.
  • Secure children younger than 2 years of age in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system, to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Secure children 4 years of age or older but under 8 years of age in a seat belt system and an appropriately fitting child booster seat.

Pennsylvania’s Safety Belt Law mandates that:

  • Children ages 8 through 17 must use a seat belt. Violating this law is a primary offense.
  • Drivers under 18 years of age may not operate a motor vehicle in which the number of passengers exceeds the number of available safety seat belts in the vehicle. Violating this law is a primary offense.
  • Drivers and front-seat passengers age 18 and older are properly restrained. Violating this law is a secondary offense.

There will be a free child safety seat check event in Bucks County where trained car seat technicians will be available to make sure car seats are properly installed:

Doylestown Hospital, 595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
Monday, September 19
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Contact: 215-345-2121