CHP officers in Tulare and Kern Counties are launching an educational and
compliance campaign in advance of a new child restraint law that takes
effect next year.
As of January 1, children 2 and under must be properly secured in rear-facing
safety seats; children 8 and under must ride in age-appropriate car seats
or booster seats. CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow says the agency is committed
to strict enforcement, because according to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, proper car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury
to children by over 70 percent. The
CORE (California Occupant Restraint Education) program will supplement the
national “Click It Or Ticket” campaign, as well as the effort
that takes place during National Child Passenger Safety Week.
“Buckling up and securing children in an appropriate child passenger
safety seat goes a long way toward keeping you and your loved ones safe
in the event of a traffic collision,” Mr. Farrow said.
Seat Belt Law
California has a rather long history of strict seat belt enforcement; for
example, a little over twenty years ago, California was the first state
to make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense, which means that officers
can pull over drivers simply for not buckling up. Today,
VC 27315 carries a $190 fine for a first offense; child safety seat violations
vary, but can run as high as $469 for a first offense.
Many citations are essentially technical violations, because although the
children are in safety seats or the adults are buckled, the children or
adults are improperly restrained. As a result, prosecutors are anxious to
make deals, because no one wants to sit through a car seat demonstration masquerading
as a traffic ticket trial.
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