FORT LEE, Va. (March 3, 2011) -- Over the past few months, Fort Lee residents and visitors may have noticed increased child safety seat and seat belt checks at safety restraint checkpoints.
These "Buckle Up Fort Lee" checkpoints will continue, and violators will be ticketed if they do not comply with CASCOM and Fort Lee Regulation 190-5 (chapter 22 and page 19).
During a recent safety checkpoint, Fort Lee police inspected vehicles for two hours and ticketed 14 violators. While at the checkpoint, drivers were instructed on the proper methods of securing a child in either a child safety seat or booster seat.
"What is alarming is that motorists still fail to heed warnings to buckle up before they drive and fail to properly restrain their children," said Maj. Donald Moore, Fort Lee provost marshal and the father of four.
"The grim details are known to every police officer who witnesses the consequences of crashes where victims are not buckled up. Too often, these consequences are death or serious injury.
"Starting now, the message to motorists is ‘Click It or Ticket,' and the Fort Lee Police will be working across the installation to reinforce that message," said Moore.
Fort Lee Police are available to help install new child seats, inspect seats that have already been installed and answer questions about child seat requirements.
There are three certified child safety seat technicians available to help Fort Lee community members install the seats correctly and keep children safe.
To have one of the technicians go over a proper seat installation with you, make an appointment with either Police Sgt. Mike Ramsey or Officer Miles Frampton at (804) 734-6461.
Child safety seats can be complicated to select, install and use, so everyone who transports children is encouraged to take advantage of these free services.