by Maggie O’Neill |

by Maggie O’Neill

Staff Writer

To continue its education of the public, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office along with the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department hosts a child safety seat check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the sheriff’s office on Buckeye Road.

“The whole point is to make sure kids are safer when they leave the checkpoint,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Biaggini. “This is free to the public.”

Biaggini said no law enforcement action will be taken at the event. He also mentioned that sheriff’s deputy cars will be at the checkpoint.

“Kids can take a look at police cars,” he said.

Biaggini wants to stress that enforcement for a law passed in 2003 begins June 1, 2004.

“The new law makes it six years or 60 pounds,” he said.

The previous law required child safety seats for children up to five years of age or 40 pounds.

Biaggini said that children below 4-feet 9-inches and 80 pounds should not be strapped into an adult seat. Children smaller than those parameters should be put in a booster seat and use the shoulder strap in the vehicle.

“”There are new boosters on the market that go up to 100 pounds,” he said.

Grant money for child safety seat checks has been available for several years through the Nevada Department of Traffic Safety.

Carson Valley Kiwanis Club members will be at the checkpoint to direct the flow of vehicles and to collect paperwork.

In the time since child safety checks began, 231 were removed from service in vehicles.

Car seats should never be purchased second-hand. Biaggini also said that the five-point harness is the safety seat for a child.

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