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New version 'Click it or Ticket' for car seats to be unveiled

SPOKANE, Wash. - A new version of "Click-It or Ticket" is about to be unveiled tomorrow.  Spokane Police Department has teamed up with the Spokane Regional Health District for a child car seat emphasis patrol. 

SRHD received a $130,000 grant, part of which has been allocated as overtime funds for the police department for these specialized patrols.  This is one of four grants issued for a pilot project focusing on car seat violations.  Similar projects are running in Moses Lake, Grays Harbor, and Wenatchee.  The Spokane Police Department currently has six certified car seat technicians, two of which are instructors for SafeKids national car seat curriculum, and three additional officers will be going through the certification process in April.

Part of the reason the Spokane Police Department has such a big stake in child passenger safety is because we deal with collisions everyday. They are the number one cause of death for children under 14 years of age.  These deaths are completely PREVENTABLE.  Here are just some of the statistics as they related to child passenger safety:

  • Children are 60% less likely to be killed in the back seat.
  • Nine out of ten car seats in Spokane County are being used incorrectly.
  • Children are FIVE TIMES safer riding rear-facing than forward facing in the second year of life.

The traffic unit will be out starting at 8:00am tomorrow and will place teams at several elementary schools in District 81 to be watching for the following violations:

  • Children not being in boosters seats: The law requires this until they are 8 years old or 4'9" (vehicles with lap only belts are exempt from this law).
  • The lap and shoulder belts must fit the child properly and should not be under their arms or behind their backs.
  • Children under 13 being in the front seat: The law requires them to be in the back where practical to do so.
  • All other children must be buckled or restrained correctly.

Officers will be providing education to parent as well as enforcing violations of the law where necessary to do so.  We do have a car seat check at Wendle Ford, 9000 N. Division this Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Look for more of these emphases over the next three weeks.

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