Child Seat Safety Event

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                  CONTACT: SERGEANT STEVE GASKINS MARCH 19, 2021                                                                                                                                   FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL  (813) 215-1867

MEDIA EVENT: CHILD RESTRAINTS AND BOOSTER SEATS

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TAMPA, Fla. – All 50 states and U.S. territories have laws requiring children to be secured in car seats or booster seats while riding in vehicles. However, some parents and guardians may find it difficult to locate and afford a car seat for their child. Recognizing a need for children of the Tampa Bay area, Suncoast Credit Union has teamed with the American Association of State Troopers and the Florida Highway Patrol to purchase child restraints and booster seats for parents in need of these critical safety tools. Additionally, with nearly 50% of child restraints installed incorrectly, members of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital are also teaming up with the Florida Highway Patrol to ensure the seats are properly employed by drivers. To announce this exciting partnership, the Florida Highway Patrol will host a media event at Troop C Headquarters, 11305 North McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 10:00 AM.

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Do you know Florida law? Knowing the following information and tips can help you travel safely with little ones. Child restraint requirements: Every operator of a motor vehicle, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may be used.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: providing A Safer Florida by securely maintaining the records of more than 19 million registered vehicles and over 15 million licensed drivers, as well as providing safe travel along Florida’s highways. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit

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