December 5th, 2020

LPS stressing awareness of child safety seats


By Jensen, Randy on November 11, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALD

Lethbridge Police Service raising awareness of the rules and regulations regarding child safety seats as its focus for the Select Traffic Enforcement Program for November.

In Alberta, the law requires all occupants travelling in a motor vehicle use a seatbelt or child safety seat that is properly worn and adjusted. Children who weigh 18 kilograms (40 pounds) or less, must be in a properly installed child restraint. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure passengers under the age of 16 are properly secured with a child safety seat or seatbelt, LPS said in a news release.

Without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer significant injury. Children are safest in the backseat. The fine for not using a child safety seat or seatbelt is $162.

Before installing a car seat, take the time to read the manufacturer’s instruction manual and the car seat section of the vehicle owner’s manual. Here is what you need to know about choosing the right seat for your child:

Rear-Facing Car Seat

A child is safest in a rear-facing car seat until he/she is at least two years of age or reaches the maximum weight or height limit for the rear-facing seat (as stated by the manufacturer).

Forward Facing Car Seat

Once a child is at least two years of age or has reached the maximum weight or height limit for their rear-facing car seat, they should be in a forward-facing car seat.

Use the forward-facing car seat until the child weighs more than 18 kg. (40 lbs.).

Booster Seat

Once a child weighs more than 18 kg. (40 lbs.) they should use a booster seat.

Booster seats are not required by law in Alberta, but they are strongly recommended to help position the child so the should-lap belt fits properly.

The child should be in the booster seat until they reach the manufacturer’s maximum height or weight limit.

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