Father securing daughter in a car seat
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TxDOT Car Seat checks return for September, October

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Behavioral Traffic Safety Section – Traffic Safety Division will be conducting three car seat check events for El Paso area residents.

“We encourage parents to take the time to come see us to ensure proper use of their child’s car seat,” said TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist Monica O’Kane. “We can help prevent many common mistakes and help potentially save a life. These car seat checks are free and available for any parent.”

The COVID compliant safety events are scheduled for Wednesday, September 8; Saturday, September 25, and Friday, October 1 each from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at TxDOT El Paso District Offices located at 13301 Gateway West.

The TxDOT El Paso District Traffic Safety Specialist and other certified CPS technicians will be on-hand to provide education on proper use and correct installation of car seats.

Residents must bring their child and/or children along with the car seat or booster seat the child is currently using. In addition, parents/caregivers must bring their Texas ID, Driver’s License or Military ID.

Residents are encouraged to show up early as technicians at the event will assist attendees on a first come, first served basis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 14 years old or younger. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 46% of car seats are misused.

Locally, the TxDOT traffic safety team partners with entities to offer parents car seat checks regularly.

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