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This year once again, Town of Mount Royal’s Public Security Department achieved impressive results with its recent child car seat verification campaign. A total of 383 child car seats were checked in 2019. The inspections took place at clinics held in partnership with the CHU Ste-Justine and Beaumont Ave. McDonald’s and on a tour of local daycare centres. Checks were also done by appointment at the department offices.
No fewer than 57% of the installations checked by Public Security patrollers were found to be non-compliant and in need of corrective action. Some 39% of the seats were improperly attached to the vehicle’s back seat. A properly installed child car seat in good condition reduces the risk of death or serious injury by 70%. That is why we encourage parents to make sure their children are properly secured and the car seat is appropriate for the child’s weight.
We also remind you that, since April 18 of this year, all children less than 145 cm (57 inches) tall or less than nine years old must be seated in a booster seat: that is the law.
The Child Car Seat Verification Network was created by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) in collaboration with CAA-Québec. As members of the network, the Town’s Public Security patrollers are pleased to help improve safety for kids on the road. Call us today at 514 734-4666 to make an appointment to have your child car seat checked!