The Carlisle Police Department is very firm on Child Restraints. Parents, Grandparents or legal guardian, is required to properly restrain your child. Make sure your daycare provider is aware of proper child seat restrain if they transport your child. If you don’t make sure your child is properly restrained, you are gambling with your child’s life.
Important Main Points
- A child under 1 year old and weighing less than 20 lbs. must be secured in a rear-facing child restraint system
- A child under 6 years old must be secured in a child restraint system (a safety seat or booster seat–NOT a seat belt)
- A child from the age of 6 up to the age of 11 must be secured in a child restraint system or by a safety belt
- Rear seat occupants up to age 18 secured by safety belt.
A Citation may be issued to the driver if a child passenger is:
- Under the age of 3 and not in the proper child restraint system.
- Between 3 and 6 years of age and not in a child restraint system.
- Age 6 or older and not wearing a seat belt while or booster seat.
- The driver is responsible for the fine. (For unrestrained passengers age 0 – 13, the driver receives the citation. For unrestrained passengers 14 – 17, the passenger receives the citation.
- The misdemeanor fine is $100, plus costs.
- Non-use of a child restraint is probable cause to stop a vehicle.
- The driver will not be allowed to leave without a proper child restraint.
Common Child Safety Seat Misuses:
- Not buckling child into restraint.
- Seat installed too loose.
- Shoulder belt under their arm
- Improper seating position (in front of an air bag).
- Not securely anchoring the child restraint to the vehicle.
- Improper seat for child’s age and size.
- Infant riding facing forward. Lap belt up on abdomen
- Lap belt loose, shoulder belt loose
- Shoulder belt behind back
For further information, you may contact the State Child Restraint Coordinator at 1-800-728-3367.
For Certified Child Passenger Technicians / Child Restraint Checks, visit this website: www.blankchildrens.org/cps