RCMP reminding motorists of need to buckle up

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Officers hosting checkpoints around county

RCMP officers are holding several checkpoints to remind motorists of several safety tips.

RCMP officers are holding several checkpoints to remind motorists of several safety tips. Const. Travise Dow speaks to a motorist in Brookdale near Cumberland North Academy. Amherst Fire and Transportation crews also participated.

AMHERST – Police officers with the Cumberland RCMP reminding parents to ensure their children are properly buckled up before hitting the road.

Officers have been holding a series of checkpoints across the county in recent weeks and have noticed a number of children not properly buckled up.

“It’s something our officers have been noticing quite a bit in the last few weeks, children are either not in their child sets or they’re not properly buckled into them,” Const. Travise Dow said during a checkpoint near Cumberland North Academy.

Dow said car and booster seats reduce a child’s risk of being injured or killed in a crash and he is suggesting parents read the manual for their child’s seat before having it installed.

Children, he added, are not ready for an adult seat belt until they reach 4’9” and they can sit up straight with their back flat against the vehicle seat. Their knees must be able to be bent comfortably over the edge of the seat without slouching, the lap belt must stay low and snug on the hip bones and the shoulder strap must be across the chest and resting between the neck and shoulder.

Officers are also on the lookout for people using hand-held cell phones or other hand-held devices while driving and they are making sure motorists don’t pass a school bus while it is stopped with its red lights flashing.

Organizations: RCMP, Cumberland North Academy

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  • Bill Seaman, Moncton, N.B.
    March 06, 2014 - 10:45

    They should also check the daytime running lights which are easy to check and relativley inexpensive to fix. There is not enough importance paid to this safety device, which is now mandatory in Nova Scotia.