GREENSBORO, N.C. - Parents, now is the time to make sure your child's car seat is properly installed and safely secured.
Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed this week as "Child Passenger Safety Week" and September 23 as "Child Passenger Safety Day."
The goal is to reach zero traffic-related fatalities through coordinated agency-to-agency efforts that help reduce risky driving behaviors by changing the overall traffic safety culture.
On Monday, state and local law enforcement agencies held car seat checks for parents across the Triad to increase awareness about the importance of child car safety and saving lives on North Carolina roadways.
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Kernersville Police Department kicked off the week with a checkpoint in the Target parking lot on South Main St.
Officer J.D. Collins, Traffic Unit Team Leader, says the most common mistake parents and caregivers make is using both the seatbelt and the latch system at the same time.
"Many people feel that 'Well, if I have more securing that seat to the car, that's gotta be the better thing,' but that's not necessarily the case."
According to Officer Collins, using both can put a lot of stress on the car seat and make it more likely to fail in case of a car accident.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old.
Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats and seat belts.
"In the event that someone comes across a car seat [...] they're not too familiar with, they can always contact the Kernersville Police Department," Officer Collins mentioned.
To find a car seat check near you, click here.