Motor Vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for young children. A minor crash or even a sudden stop can seriously injure a child who is not riding in the right type of child safety seat.
New Laws regarding the use of Child Safety Seats have been created and updated as of July 10, 2008.
Children must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years old OR over 57" tall.
Children ages 8 through 12 must wear a properly fastened safety belt.
A Police Officer can stop your vehicle if a child age 12 or under is not properly restrained.
For more information regarding Child Safety Seats as well as the full text law, please follow the link to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety website devoted to these new laws
The Blackstone Police Department offers the service of installing child seats in your vehicles. Citizens may either call the Blackstone Police Department to schedule an appointment or may walk in to do so when the officers are working. Officer Joseph Niemczyk and Officer Mathew Mantoni are certified in the installation and inspection of child seats.
REMEMBER, YOU CAN REDUCE THE RISK BY HAVING YOUR CHILD ALWAYS RIDE IN A PROPERLY FASTENED AND SECURED SEAT.