Child Safety Seat Enforcement Planned

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department will join law enforcement across the country for a special enforcement effort as part of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 16-22).

Officials all over will crack down on child safety seat law violators, in an effort to reduce highway fatalities and injuries to children. Missouri law requires all children under the age of eight to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80 lbs or 4’9” tall.

Car crashes are the number one killer of kids. Nearly 73 percent of all child restraints are not used correctly. Is your child safe?

Sheriff Mike Strong said regular child safety seat and safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

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To make an appointment to have your child safety seat inspected, call one of the numbers below:

Missouri State Highway Patrol, 816-387-2345
St. Joseph Safety and Health Council, 816-233-3330
Missouri Department of Transportation, 816-387-2437
YWCA, 816-232-4481

For assistance outside the St. Joseph Area go to and click on “Child Seat Inspection Station Locator”

  • Sarah

    Rather than just giving tickets for improper usage, wouldn’t it be GREAT if the Sheriff’s Dept. or Highway Patrol set up a day where parents could go in and have their car seat installation checked to ensure that the seats are safely and properly installed?

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    • george

      sat sept 22nd in Lowes parking lot. Safty Saturday. St. Joseph Safety Council will be there to ensure or check child seats for proper instalation and assit you. it is free and there will be other events for children. lots of free info and gifts

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  • Emily

    Sarah, I don’t have the information on hand but I do know the hospital hands out a sheet when you are pregnant giving yiy several places that do car seat installation checks and will show you how to install them. I know the fire dept is listed, I think the sherrifs was too. It was based on appointment though.

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  • Dani

    There are days where you can have your carseat checked. I’ve had my daughters checked two separate times in the library parking lot.

    It’s a parents responsibility to ensure that their child is safe in their carseat. As the previous poster mentioned, there are also places where you can schedule a simple appointment to check carseat placement. All of this information is available at the hospital and I believe even Women’s Health.

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