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Police set up checkpoint for child safety

Posted at 6:49 AM, Mar 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 19:05:06-04


Dozens of parents stopped Wednesday, during the safety seat checkpoint. 

One single mom, Melissa Farkas, was pulled over, because her three year old son was not in a car seat at all. 

"Honestly, they're expensive, it's so hard to afford one," says Farkas.  

Farkas says it's a risk putting her son in the car, every time she drives.  Wednesday, Safe Kids with Sunrise Hospital fitted her son with a proper seat.

Dozens more parents were educated on how to properly install and buckle their children in their car and booster seats.  

"If you're not using it the right way, it's not going to be reliable in saving lives," says Scott Williams, with Henderson Police Department.  

If you want more information on how to properly use a car seat, or need help finding another event, you can visit Safe Kids website.  


Henderson Police will be conducting a checkpoint Wednesday morning near Lake Mead Boulevard and Boulder Highway to see if your child is buckled in safely.

Some parents may have no idea that they're doing something wrong when installing a safety or booster seat, which is why police are holding the checkpoint. They'll be stopping cars with children inside and making sure the seat and buckle are both being used correctly. Technicians will show parents the correct way to buckle their children if they notice the seats being used improperly.

Nevada state law says that children 6 years old and under, or those that weigh 60 pounds or less, are required to be in a safety or booster seat. However, officials suggest that children remain in booster seats as late as 8 years old.