VIDEO: Texas Department of Transportation Trains Car Safety Seat Technicians in San Angelo
SAN ANGELO, TX — Law enforcement officers from across west Texas have been in San Angelo for three days earning certification as car safety seat technicians as part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Passenger Safety Project.
AgriLife instructor Mike Guidry says they host training sessions across the state. “We travel all over the state and we are funded by a grant from TxDOT.”
“The students have been here in San Angelo at TxDOT training to become certified child safety seat technicians.” Said Guidry.
According to state law, children under eight, unless they are taller than 4’9”, must be in a child safety seat system.
The event was held to call attention to the need for proper use of child safety seats. According to TxDOT the Project has overseen the inspection of over 32,000 child safety seats since 1999 with a 99 percent rate of misuse.
“At the end of the three days we have a checkup event. What you see behind me is the checkup event where parents bring their little ones. We’ll check out their car seat to make sure it is appropriate for the height and weight of the child and make sure that the seat is not on recall. If there is something wrong with the seat we will give them a brand new one for free.”
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommends children from one to three ride in a rear-facing car seat, children from four to seven ride in a front facing car seat and children from eight to twelve ride in a booster seat.
Law enforcement officers who complete the certification course can inspect child safety seats in the course of their regular duties.