SHERIFF’S COLUMN: Set an example of safety

Lexington, SC – 02/28/2021 (Sheriff Jay Koon) - Like little shadows--our children see and hear everything we do—and they repeat it.

Following us around, learning from our example—slowly crafting who they are going to be when they grow up.

It’s our job to show them how to be safe.

I want to remind parents and caregivers that children should ride as safely as possible—every trip, every time. And see us buckle up—every trip, every time.

Do you know if your child is secured properly? Riding in an appropriate safety seat and restraint system?

· An infant under 2 must be secured in a rear-facing car seat in the rear seat of your vehicle until they reach the height/weight limits allowed by the manufacturer.

· A child who is at least 2 or under 2 and has outgrown the height/weight limits of the car seat, can be secured in a forward-facing car seat in the rear seat of your vehicle.

  • Children at least age 4, who have outgrown their forward-facing car seat, must be secured by a booster seat in the rear seat of your vehicle until they reach the height/weight requirements for an adult safety belt. Lap and shoulder belts must be used.

  • A child at least age 8 or at least 57 inches tall may be restrained by an adult safety belt if they can be secured properly by that seat belt. The shoulder belt should cross the center of the child’s chest, not their neck. The lap belt should fit across the child’s thighs/hips, not their abdomen.

Still not sure? The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department has certified child passenger safety seat technicians to ensure your children are riding safely. Call our front desk to schedule a time to stop by and have your car seat evaluated.

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