Car seats save lives, and it's against the law not to use them

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 6:10pm

When Sarah Sutton and her 6 week old son Layton were hit head on by a semi, police say that, in part, the reason Layton is still alive is because he was properly strapped in his car seat.

Accidents like the one that happened in West Shreveport Sunday night are part of the reason that Louisiana State Police have decided to hold child safety seat inspections every Tuesday from 9 until 11 at their office on Industrial Drive in Bossier City.

Employees of the non-profit group Community Support Programs came Tuesday, to make sure they were all up to date on car seat safety, and they were surprised by how much they learned.

In a world of hand me downs, and keeping things, they were surprised to learn that car seats have expiration dates. One of the seats they brought was too old, so they were happy to learn before getting a ticket for that mistake.

For people that aren't free at that time, it isn't just Louisiana State Police that do these inspections. Most city police departments, sheriff's offices and fire departments also have people certified to do the inspections. If those aren't convenient, many stores that sell car seats often have employees certified for the inspections as well.

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