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City police department conducts child safety restraint demonstration
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Chief Randy Caplinger and Captain Steven Leffew of the Smithville Police Department presented a demonstration on the proper use of child passenger restraint devices over the holiday weekend.The presentation took place in the parking lot of Northside Elementary School.The policemen were assisted by four year-old Emily Louise Robinson, nine year-old Cody Robinson, seven year-old Courtney London and ten year-old Caleb London.Captain Leffew told the Review that the department has an officer on staff who is certified in restraint device compliance, and that citizens concerned with the proper use of their child restraint may stop by the police department downtown to have the device checked.Under state law, children under one (1) year of age, or any child weighing twenty (20) pounds or less, must be secured in a child passenger restraint system in a rear facing position, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards, in a rear seat if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructions. (Note: If the child safety seat has a higher rear-facing weight rating, usually 30 or 35 pounds, it may be continued to be used in a rear-facing position so long as the child's weight permits. Check the manufacturer’s instructions accompanying the child safety seat for more information.)Children age one (1) through age three (3), and weighing more than twenty (20) pounds, must be secured in a child safety seat in a forward facing position in the rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructionsChildren age four (4) through age eight (8), and measuring less than four feet nine inches (4'9") in height, must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat system, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards in the rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructions. (Note: If the child is not between age four (4) and age eight (8), but is less than four feet nine inches (4'9") in height, he/she must still use a seat belt system meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.)Children age nine (9) through age twelve (12), or any child through twelve (12) years of age, measuring four feet nine inches (4'9") or more in height, must be secured in a seat belt system. It is recommended that any such child be placed in the rear seat, if available. (Note: If the child is not between age nine (9) and age twelve (12), but is four feet nine inches (4'9") or more in height, he/she must still use a seat belt system meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.)Children age thirteen (13) through age fifteen (15) must be secured by using a passenger restraint system, including safety belts, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.Provision is made for the transportation of children in medically prescribed modified child restraints.

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