From left to right: LSPD Officer Guertin, LSF Public Educator Jennye Cooper, and LSPD Officer Barnes. Lake Stevens Fire and Lake Stevens Police worked together to teach students about motor vehicle safety.
Lake Stevens Fire (LSF) and Lake Stevens Police Department (LSPD) continued their visits to the schools for Risk Watch in March, and this time focused on motor vehicle safety. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) motor vehicle car crashes continue to be the leading cause of death to children.
The Risk Watch focus of motor vehicle safety teaches children safe practices and gives them the knowledge they need to be safe while riding around in the car. LSF and LSPD cover topics such as the importance of wearing a seat belt, child safety restraints, and Washington State Laws.
LSF Public Educator Jennye Cooper commented, “It was interesting to quiz the students and find out what they know and do not know about safety in the car. Most did not know they have to be 4’9” or 8 years old to sit in the seat of a car without a booster seat and just a seat belt, and that is Washington State Law.”
LSF and LSPD discussed the following child passenger safety laws for Risk Watch. Children under 13 years old should be transported in the back seat when practical to do so.
Children under 8 years old or the height of 4’9” (whichever comes first), must use a child restraint. The restraint system must be used correctly according to both the car seat AND vehicle manufacturer’s instructions.
Children who have reached their eighth birthday or at least 4’9” who wear a seat belt MUST use it correctly, and if they can’t do so, should continue to use a child restraint.
Lake Stevens Fire and Lake Stevens Police Department wish you safe travels wherever they may take you. If you have any questions about child restraints, proper placement of car seats, or motor vehicle safety, feel free to contact LSF Public Educator Jennye Cooper at 425-334-3034 or LSPD staff at 425-334-9537.