Monday, March 28, 2016

Knox County Deputies can check your Child Passenger Safety Seats

Did you know that up to 90% of child seats being used in the State of Maine are used improperly? Many don’t know this fact. Do you know the rules/laws regarding transporting your child? Again, many do not. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is a dedicated partner of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. Our goal at the Sheriff’s Office to is make sure children riding in motor vehicles are doing so safely here in Knox County!

With another Click-It or Ticket campaign almost upon is important that everyone is properly secured in a motor vehicle. When it comes to Child Restraints, we understand how confusing they can be to use. Did you know that there are people that can help you? There are Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians (CPST) throughout the United States. A CPST is national certification. A CPST has to renew their certification every two years due to the constantly changing child restraint and motor vehicle industry.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has more certified technicians than any other law enforcement agency in the State of Maine. Sgt. Matt Elwell along with Deputies Spear and Joslyn are CPST’s. Sgt. Lance Mitchell is not only a CPST, but he is also a CPST Instructor. He is often asked to speak at conferences relating to the child passenger safety field and law enforcement’s role in it. He has written classes for law enforcement officers to help them spot violations in order to make children safer on our nation’s highways. Sgt. Mitchell’s training is being used by law enforcement trainers across the country.
A Knox County Deputy can help! Does your Child restraint seem loose? Are you sure you’re using it properly? Should you use the seatbelt or lower anchors? Let one of our Deputy CPST’s assist you. Call the sheriff’s office at 207-594-0429, and ask to speak with one of our Deputy Technicians. We will be more than happy to assist you and show you how to properly install your seat and make sure your child is being transported properly and in accordance with Maine State Law. If you ask for assistance we can usually get a technician to you on the same day, whether you come to us, or we meet you. All we need is a 20-45 minutes of your time. Your child’s health and safety is the most important thing to all of us.

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