According to NHTSA, more than
half of all motor vehicle occupants under the age of 15 in fatal
crashes were not properly restrained. Through education,
the goal of P.O.S.S.E. is to help parents use restraints in the
best possible way.
For optimal safety for children, parents
should always thoroughly read the instructions for the seat and
check the vehicle's owner's manual on how to install a seat
correctly. Parents should also check the manufacturer's
specifications for the seat to make sure that the seat is
appropriate for the child's size. Even when children
outgrow the need for a standard safety seat, they still need a
booster seat until old enough to be secured with only a
seatbelt. If the vehicle's seatbelt does not fit the child
in the shoulder and waist areas, the child could be severely
injured in a crash. When children no longer need
traditional child seats, they must sit in a booster seat until a
vehicle seatbelts fit without causing injury. Booster
seats are essential for children who weight between 40 and 80
* CHILD RESTRAINT
Please be aware that a new law for child
restraints took effect on January 1, 2004, requiring children to
be placed in the proper safety restraints for their age and
- 1 year or younger, any weight:
rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat
- Over 1 year and up to 40 pounds:
front-facing child safety seat in the back seat
- 40 to 60 pounds: child booster seat
secured with lap/shoulder belt in the back seat
Even when children outgrow the need for
a safety seat, they still need a booster seat until they are old
enough to be properly restrained by only a seatbelt.
Seatbelts are not designed for younger children and do not fit
them properly in the shoulder and hip areas. Until a
vehicle's seatbelt fits without causing injury, booster seats
are essential for children who weigh at least 40 pounds.
All booster seats must be used with a lap/shoulder strap.
The new law is a basic minimum requirement and still may not
adequately protect a child over 60 pounds in a crash. For
more information, please visit NHTSA's website at
Occupant Protection and Traffic
Education and Enforcement
The P.O.S.S.E. program also provides
presentations to schools and community groups about a variety of
traffic safety issues. For example, fatal vision goggles
are used to simulate intoxication during DWI presentations.
The Kenner Police Department is very aggressive in DWI
enforcement and reduction, and is one of the founding members of
the Southeast Louisiana DWI Task Force.