During this week, busy parents and caregivers should take some time to ensure that their children are properly secured in a federally approved child safety seat, booster seat or with a safety belt. Parents should always set a good example for their children by always buckling up themselves.
Under Massachusetts law everyone must be properly restrained. The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law allows police to stop drivers of most vehicles if they are observed with unrestrained or improperly restrained passengers who are 12 years of age or younger.
Information on the Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law and on how to safely transport children in motor vehicles is available from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's website at www.mass.gov/highwaysafety . The State Police also has a child passenger safety hotline which can be reached at 508-988-7090. These resources can assist parents and caregivers to identify Child Passenger Safety Technicians working individually or in teams at various locations who will help to properly install child safety seats and answer related questions.