Sherwood Park, Alta. – Strathcona County RCMP & Enforcement Services in partnership with Alberta Health Services, conducted a car seat check on Aug. 28, 2019 at the Emerald Hills Walmart parking lot from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Throughout the check, certified car seat technicians inspected child occupant restraints in 71 vehicles.
During this education based car seat check, 48 (47%) car seats passed with no infractions and 54 (53%) car seats had deficiencies, important to note is that no violation tickets were issued. This event was intended to gain compliance and to ensure that all children were properly secured in their car seats.
Infractions for occupant restraint violations come with a fine of $155.00, which is issued to the driver.
“It is very important that everyone that has a car seat reads both their vehicles owner manual as well as their car seats manual” says Cody Rossing, Community Peace Officer with Strathcona County’s Integrated Traffic Unit. “A large portion of defects that were noted during the car seat check could have easily been avoided if people read and followed what was instructed in the manuals.”
We would also like to thank Alberta Health Services for their assistance in this important safety event in our community.
For more information about car seat safety, please visit www.saferoads.com