Park up for free child car safety checks in Derbyshire

Derbyshire’s road safety team will be on hand to check and provide demonstrations on the correct fitting of car seats at three venues across the county from next month. Checks will be carried out at:

  • Sainsbury’s, Rother Way, Chesterfield on Friday 5 April 2019, from 10am to 2pm
  • East Midlands Designer Outlet, Mansfield Road, South Normanton on Tuesday 9 April 2019, from 10am to 1.30pm
  • Morrisons, Bakewell Road, Buxton on Monday 13 May, from 10am to 1.30pm

Car seats vary in design and advice will also be given on choosing the right seat for particular vehicles.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“All aspects of road safety remain a top priority for us and it’s so important that seats are fitted properly to offer maximum protection. It’s vital that motorists travelling with youngsters understand the importance of choosing the correct seat for their vehicle and then getting it installed correctly.”

The law says that passengers under the age of 12 must use some form of car seat unless they are 135cms tall or above. The type of seat a child needs depends on their weight.

Advice about fitting car seats can also be found at Child Car Seats – a website that was set up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents with funding from the Department for Transport.

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