Child Passenger Safety
Car Seat Check up Events in Nebraska
Tri Cities Safe Kids, Hastings Fire Department, Hastings Police Department, Mary Lanning Hospital, and Rural/Metro Ambulance have teamed up to establish a permanent Child Safety Seat Inspection Station at the Lincoln Park Fire Station.
It will be open the first Tuesday of each month from 11:00-7:00 at the Lincoln Park Fire Station at the intersection of South Hastings Ave and J St (Highway 6). Appointments are required, and may be made by calling 1-866-367-TCSK (8275).
Parents of children who ride in Safety Seats (anybody under six years of age) can go there to get their seats checked for recalls, safe installation, etc. Low- or no-cost seats are available to those who qualify.
There are also stations in Kearney (2nd Tuesday at Midway Chevrolet) and Grand Island (3rd Tuesday at Fire Station #4). The 4th Tuesday will be a traveling site to rural communities. There will still be occasional Checkup events throughout the tri-cities.assenger Safety Law
Lincoln – Beginning July 16, all children up to age 18 will be prohibited from riding in or on any part of a vehicle not intended for passengers. "This new law, which prohibits children from riding in or on any cargo area of a vehicle, is a primary law, meaning the driver can be ticketed and fined solely for this violation," said Jeanne Bietz, Nebraska SAFE KIDS Coordinator for the Nebraska Health and Human Services System. "We see children in urban and rural areas of our state riding in the back of pickup trucks. This is very unsafe and possibly deadly." The only exemptions to this law include riding in a parade or exhibition.
Current state law requires all children up to age six to be properly restrained in a child safety seat and children ages 6 to 18 to use a safety belt. Parents and caregivers must realize that some children still need to use a child safety seat such as a booster seat past age six in order to be transported safely. Use this five-step test by Safety Belt Safe U.S.A. to determine if a booster seat is needed:
1. Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
2. Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
3. Is the lap belt on the tops of the thighs?
4. Is the shoulder belt centered on the shoulder and the chest?
5. Can the child stay seated like this for the WHOLE trip?
If no was an answer to any of these questions, the child needs a booster seat to ride safely in the vehicle.
For more information about transporting children safely or the law, contact the Nebraska Health and Human Services SAFE KIDS Program at 402-471-8749 or go to www.hhs.state.ne.us and search for "safe kids."