TxDOT announces free, year-round safety seat inspections

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Updated: 9/17/2013 12:22 am

Lubbock is among Texas cities with the lowest rate of correct child safety seat use. To help fix that the Texas Department of Transportation is offering free, year-round child safety seat inspections to Texas Drivers.

The inspections are made by certified technicians and coincides with National Child Passenger Safety Week ,which began on Sunday, September 15. A new study by the Texas Transportation Institute found nearly 9-out-of-10 children in Texas riding in safety seats were not properly buckled.

Texas law requires children, younger than the age of eight, unless taller than 4-feet-9 inches, to ride in safety seats. TxDOT’s new interactive seat finder at TexasClickItorTicket.com can help drivers find the proper safety seats for their children.

The TTI study also reported the Texas cities with the highest rates of correct child safety seat use are Austin (83%), Tyler (78%), Bryan/College Station (75%) and Waco (73%).

The cities joining Lubbock with the lowest rates of correct child seat use are Brownsville (26%), Amarillo (37%), El Paso (37) and Houston (59%).

To schedule a safety seat inspection, call a TxDOT district office or find your local contact at TexasClickItorTicket.com.

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