In July, CVMC and Safe Kids celebrated the success of a community child passenger seat diversion program which offers drivers the opportunity be granted a one-time only dismissal of a citation for violating child safety seat laws. CVMC is the lead agency for Safe Kids Catawba County, who has partnered with the Office of the District Attorney for Catawba County to continue this ongoing program.
“We are thrilled at the community response and dramatic increase in participation of our child safety seat inspection program since the implementation of the diversion program last July,” said Kayla Hefner, Safe Kids Coordinator for Catawba County. “To date, 90 parents and caregivers have received education through our program, resulting, not only in the dismissal of their citation, but also the enhanced transportation safety of children in Catawba County.”
If you have received a child seat violation, make an appointment at least 3 weeks before your court date with a child passenger safety technician or stop by Safe Kids monthly child seat-check the first Tuesday of every month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Valley Hills Mall. This event and additional seat-check opportunities will give violators of the NC Child Passenger Safety Law (G.S. 20‑137.1) the chance to have their safety seat properly installed and have a one time dismissal of a related traffic fine. The next scheduled event is from 1:30 to 3:30 pm on August 4, July in the lower level of the parking deck near Belk at Valley Hills Mall. During this event, there will be music, food and fun summer activities for kids.
“The District Attorney’s Office has been proud to partner with local law enforcement agencies and Safe Kids in the Child Passenger Safety Diversion program. This program over the last year has increased awareness about child safety seat regulations and has helped keep Catawba County children safe. I am proud of this program and look forward to continuing our relationship with Safe Kids,” said James C. Gaither, Jr. District Attorney.
Seat checks are also open to anyone looking to make sure their child is riding safely. Please contact Kayla Hefner by calling (828) 485-2300 ext. 6204 for more information or to set up an appointment.