Monday, September 23, 2013

Free, year-round safety seat inspections

In an effort to help Texas drivers keep their child passengers properly secured, the Texas Department of Transportation has announced it’s offering free, year-round child safety seat inspections conducted by certified technicians. The inspections are available at four locations in the Beaumont district; Beaumont District Office, Woodville Maintenance Office, Anahuac Maintenance Office, and the Liberty Area Office.
          Texas law states: children younger than 8 years of age, unless taller than 4 feet 9 inches, must ride in safety seats. Nationally, three out of four safety seats are used incorrectly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A new study by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) found nearly nine out of 10 Texas children were riding in safety seats, but many were not properly buckled. The new study also revealed 37 percent of infants and toddlers in Texas were secured incorrectly — or not at all — when riding in a vehicle.  
          The TTI study also reported the Texas cities with the highest rates of correct child safety seat use are Austin (83 percent), Tyler (78 percent), Fort Worth (77 percent), Bryan/College Station (75 percent) and Waco (73 percent).
          Cities with the lowest rates of correct child safety seat use are Brownsville (26 percent), Amarillo (37 percent), El Paso (37 percent), Lubbock (44 percent) and Houston (59 percent).
       TxDOT’s new interactive seat finder at can help drivers find the proper safety seats for their children. Visit the site and click on “Child Safety” to begin the search for an appropriate safety seat. To schedule a safety seat inspection, call a TxDOT district office or find your local contact at 
          To make an appointment to have your safety seat or seats inspected, call (409) 892-7311 for the Beaumont office, (409) 283-2451 for the Woodville office, (409) 267-3611 for the Anahuac office, or (936) 336-5669 for the Liberty office.