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The Russell County Sheriff’s Office actively participates in the National Safe Kids Campaign in keeping children safe when riding in motor vehicles.  The Russell County Sheriff’s Office has 2 certified Child Safety Seat Technicians, Senior Undersheriff Andy Van Der Wege and Deputy Scott Axtell.

The Fine

    Violations of the Child Passenger Safety Act will cost you $60, plus court costs.

    Law Enforcement Officers will begin issuing warnings for violations of the booster seat provision of the Child Passenger Safety Act on July 1, 2006.

    Law Enforcement Officers will begin issuing citations for violations of the booster seat provision of the Child Passenger Safety Act on July 1, 2007.

    The $60 fine will be waived if proof is provided to the court that an appropriate child safety seat has been acquired. Court costs still apply.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why do children ages 4, 5, 6, and 7 need to ride in a booster seat?

    Seat belts are made to fit adults and do not protect children properly. Booster seats work by raising a child up so that the lap and shoulder belts are positioned properly. Booster seats reduce the risk of injury by 59 percent, as compared to using only seat belts.

    What kinds of booster seats are there?

    High-Back Booster Seat

    A high-back booster seat provides head and neck support and can be used in all vehicles that have a lap/shoulder safety belt system. Some forward-facing car seats convert to a high-back booster seat.

    No-Back Booster Seat

    No-back booster seats should only be used in vehicles equipped with built-in headrests.

    All booster seats should be used with the vehicle's lap and shoulder belt system; never a lap belt only.

     

    Where do I purchase a booster seat, and how much does one cost?

    Booster seats are available at all department stores, toy stores, and other retail outlets. A no-back booster seat costs approximately $15, a high-back booster seat range from $20 to $100, depending on the style. If you need assistance, call 1-855-SEAT CHECK for the location of the nearest child seat inspection station.

    Where can I get more information?

    For more information on how to choose the appropriate safety restraint system for your child, contact the Russell County Sheriff’s Office at (785) 483-2151.

    Other agencies that can help you:
    Russell County Health Department at (785) 483-6433
    Safe Kids Kansas at (785) 296-0351
    Kansas Safety Belt Education Office at (800) 416-2522.
    www.kansasboosterseat.org

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