Ensure child safety

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This past week was National Child Passenger Safety Week, a good time to call attention to a free, year-round service provided by the Texas Department of Transportation.

We invite you to visit one of our 25 district offices for a child safety seat inspection conducted by a certified technician to ensure that your child is properly secured in your vehicle. Texas law requires that children 8 and under who are smaller than 4 feet 9 inches must be buckled into safety seats.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that three out of four child safety seats are not properly installed. It also reports that, on average, three children age 14 and younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes every day in the U.S. during 2011. Another 469 were injured each day.

A child safety seat can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.

A study by the Texas Transportation Institute found that 37 percent of children in Texas are buckled in wrong or not at all. To find the best safety seat for your child, visit TexasClickItorTicket.com for guidelines on choosing a seat based on a child’s height, weight and age.

— John Barton, deputy executive director, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin

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