Child Passenger Safety Week 02-05-01

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY K. APELE
PHONE: 961-2305
FEBRUARY 5, 2001

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hawaii County Police Department will be observing nationwide Child Passenger Safety Week on February 11-17, 2001.

Big Island police are urging the parents and guardians of young children to make sure the kids are safely strapped in child safety restraints before driving.

They are also urged to have their child safety seats inspected and to following the four essential steps to protect children in motor vehicles:

  1. Use rear-facing child seats for children from birth until they weigh at least 20 pounds and are at least one year old.
  2. Use forward-facing child seats for children who weigh more than 20 pounds and are at least one year old until they weigh about 40 pounds and are four years old.
  3. Use belt-positioning booster seats for children weighing from about 40 pounds until they weigh about 80 pounds and are 4-feet-9 in height.
  4. Use seat belts for older children large enough for the belt to fit correctly — that is, when they are at least 4-feet-9 in height and weigh 80 about pounds.

To find out when and where to have child restraint seats checked, call Sergeant Randy Apele of the Traffic Services Section at 961-2305 or John Kaizuki of the Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition at 933-0911.

As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, Big Island police will continue their enforcement of seat belt and child safety restraint laws.

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