Red Deer RCMP to give free car seat checks

Red Deer RCMP wants to improve child safety during occupant restraint safety month.

Police officers will kickoff the month with a free event where parents and caregivers can have car seats inspected or installed by qualified child safety seat inspectors.

The car seat checks will be done at Canadian Tire (6380 50 Ave) Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The best way to improve child safety is “to remove barriers that might keep people from properly securing infants and children in vehicles,” said Sgt. Kevin Halwa.

Creating an opportunity for face-to-face conversations with trained car seat inspectors will help parents, he added.

“We want to answer the public’s questions and increase awareness that the best way to protect yourself, your family and your passengers is by ensuring everyone buckles up,” said Halwa.

Donations of diapers, diaper wipes and formula will be accepted on behalf of the Central Alberta Diaper Bank at the event.

RCMP will conduct seatbelt and occupant restraint checks throughout March through targeted campaigns and everyday patrols.

According to Alberta Transportation, in 2015, people wearing a restraint during a collision had a lower injury rate (6.8 per cent) than those who did not use restraints (22.4 per cent).

A driver is responsible to ensure all passengers under 16 are properly secured using either a seatbelt or child safety seat. All children under the age of six, whose weight does not exceed 18 kg (40 lb.), must be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

The penalty for failing to wear a seatbelt, improper use of a seatbelt or failing to secure a child weighing less than 18 kg in a car seat is $155.

Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Red Deer area businesses recognized at Business of the Year Awards night

“It’s an honour just to be nominated.” The popular words echoed throughout… Continue reading

Child sex offender should get 12 years: Crown prosecutor

Stuart Peter Hunt has pleaded guilty to 10 child sexual exploitation and pornography charges

Legalizing cannabis cost estimate for Red Deer just under $400k

Although the province of Alberta has announced $11.2 million for cannabis legalization,… Continue reading

WATCH: Every square tells a story: Edmonton expert is exploring Red Deer’s quilting history

Community members can bring in family heirloom quilts for documentation

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

Film with Fan Bingbing, Bruce Willis cancelled after tax case

BEIJING — The director of “Air Strike,” featuring Chinese actress Fan Bingbing,… Continue reading

Michael Buble shuts down rumours of retirement from music

LOS ANGELES — Michael Buble is shutting down rumours that he’s going… Continue reading

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

MONTREAL — Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada’s… Continue reading

Facebook’s election ‘war room’ takes aim at fake information

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook’s expansive… Continue reading

Military to overhaul morale-boosting trips after review finds serious problems

OTTAWA — Canada’s top general is overhauling military morale-boosting tours after an… Continue reading

Police hand out a few hefty fines for allegedly violating Cannabis Act

The celebratory mood that marked the legalization of recreational cannabis lost a… Continue reading

PHOTO: Say goodbye to City Hall Park flowers

A sure sign that winter is on its way is when City… Continue reading

PHOTO: Chew On This! campaign draws attention to national poverty

Lunch bags were being handed out in front of The Hub downtown… Continue reading

Most Read