Those seeking help meeting the state’s new child restraint law need look no further than the Forsyth County Fire Department.
The law, which took effect Friday, requires that children ages 8 and younger be secured in a car or booster seat when riding in cars, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans.
The requirement is designed to reduce the risk of child injuries and fatalities on state roads.
Taxis and public transportation vehicles are exempt.
Until Friday, the state required car or booster seats only for children 6 and younger.
Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department offers a program called Children Are Riding Safely, or CARS, to show parents and guardians how to properly install and use car and booster seats.
He said technicians will first demonstrate how to install the devices and then remove them and have the parents try it.
"There are innumerable combinations of brands of car seats, models of car seats and vehicle applications so every application has to be discussed and studied between the owner’s manual of the vehicle and the owner’s manual of the car seat," Shivers said.
He added that technicians also check to ensure the car seats have not been recalled.
Children who are younger than 8 but taller than 4 feet 9 inches, or 57 inches, are exempt from the law.
Also exempt are those who have a written statement from a doctor saying the child has a physical or medical condition that prevents the use of restraints.