Program offers ticket forgiveness

June 25, 2013 

Safe Kids North Carolina urges parents and caregivers to make every trip in a vehicle a safe trip for children by following the rules regarding safety restraints.

In May local law enforcement agencies across Wake County launched the Wake County Child Passenger Safety Diversion Project, which allows drivers cited for improper use of child safety restraints to have their citations dismissed.

To earn the dismissal, drivers must visit one of the project’s participating agencies to learn how to properly use their child safety restraints.

To comply, motorist who receives a citation have to bring their child, along with the correct child restraint, valid identification and their ticket to one of the following locations for validation:

Knightdale Public Safety, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, at 976 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale, 919-250-3989 or the Zebulon Fire Department, 1-4 p.m., Wednesdays, at 113 E. Vance St., Zebulon, 919-269-6487.

North Carolina Law requires all passengers in a vehicle to buckle up. This means children have to be buckled in a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 80 pounds (whichever comes first) and the vehicle seat belt must fit properly on its own.

“Many drivers fail to comply with the law by choosing not to use child restraints altogether or by using their seats improperly, which may lead to lifelong consequences of injury or even death,” said Suzanne LeDoyen, Wake County Buckle Up coordinator. For more information, call Wake County Buckle Up Coordinator Suzanne LeDoyen at 919-250-3989.

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