Troopers Checking Child Safety This Week

SKIPPACK PA – National Child Passenger Safety Week is under way through Saturday (Sept. 24, 2016), and to mark the occasion the Pennsylvania State Police at its Troop K barracks in Skippack, 2047 Bridge Rd., and the state Department of Transportation have partnered to offer free child passenger safety seat check-ups in Montgomery County, PennDOT announced.

Troopers’ checks are scheduled by appointment for

  • today (Monday, Sept. 19) from 6 a.m. to noon at the Skippack barracks; and
  • Saturday (Sept. 24) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Upper Frederick Township Building, 3205 Big Road, Obelisk PA. For information or to reserve a time for either, call 610-584-2832.
  • Another is scheduled for Thursday (Sept. 22) from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Battalion 1 Fire Station, 325 Stump Rd., Montgomeryville PA. For information or reservations, go online to

Additionally, checks are scheduled in Chester County for

  • Wednesday (Sept. 21) from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Paoli Hospital, 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli PA, 610-906-2711; and from 2-8 p.m. at West Bradford Fire Company, 1385 Campus Dr., Downingtown PA, 610-486-6280;
  • Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the West Goshen Police Department, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester PA, 610-906-2711; and
  • Saturday (Sept. 24) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kelly Chevrolet, 600 Nutt Rd., Phoenixville PA, 610-344-5557.

PennDOT is covering costs to provide training and educational materials for child safety fitting stations designed to teach parents the proper installation and use of child safety seats.

The state’s Child Passenger Safety Protection Law requires all drivers to:

  • Secure infants and children age 8 and younger in an approved child restraint and booster when the child is riding anywhere in the motor vehicle, including the cargo area;
  • Secure children younger than age 2 in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system, to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the car seat manufacturer; and
  • Secure children between ages 4 and 8 in a seat belt system and an appropriately fitting child booster seat.

Because of potential dangers from air bag deployment, children age 12 and younger should always ride buckled in a vehicle’s back seat.

Pennsylvania’s Safety Belt Law also requires that:

  • Children between ages 8 and 17 must use a seat belt. Violating this law is a primary offense;
  • Drivers age 18 and younger may not operate a motor vehicle in which the number of passengers exceeds the number of available safety seat belts in the vehicle. Violating this law is a primary offense; and
  • Drivers and front-seat passengers age 18 and older are properly restrained. Violating this law is a secondary offense.

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