August 8--State Police will operate a checkpoint on a main road heading to the beach as part of a summertime initiative with state park police to improve proper child car-seat and seat-belt use.
The police agencies launched the education/enforcement campaign last month after park police noticed that, despite improved seat-belt compliance overall, use of seat belts and child restraints remains lower at state parks near urban areas, said State Parks Police Chief Richard O'Donnell.
"The law's been in place a long time and it's high time people who are drivers and parents realize that in the event of an accident, an unsecured child is really at risk of injury," he said.
At Saturday's checkpoint in Nassau, police, including a trained child safety seat technician, will stop cars and check that occupants are properly restrained.
While they will be writing tickets, the police also want to focus on driver education, with pamphlets and a number of car seats and boosters to give away if a motorist has an outdated, damaged or inappropriate child restraint, according to a police spokesman.
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