Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is urging parents to take advantage of free child car seat checks being offered across the county.
Derbyshire County Council - one of the members of the partnership - has teamed up with an expert car seat fitter to offer checks in supermarket car parks on the following dates:
Wednesday, August 1
Brimington, Sainsbury’s: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Chesterfield, Tesco: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Thursday, August 9
Alfreton, Tesco: 09.30am - 12.30pm
Ripley, Sainsbury’s: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Monday, August 13
Heanor, Tesco: 09.30am - 12.30pm
Langley Mill, Asda: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Thursday, August 23
Swadlincote, Sainsburys: 09.30am - 12.30pm
Swadlincote, Morrisons: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Tuesday, August 28
Brimington, Sainsburys: 09.20am - 12.30pm
Staveley, Morrisons: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “We’re urging parents to take advantage of these free safety checks. Seats must be fitted properly to offer maximum protection - it’s vital that motorists who travel with youngsters understand the importance of choosing the right seat and fitting it correctly.”
The law says that passengers under the age of 12 must use some form of child car seat unless they are 135cm tall or above. The type of seat a child needs depends on how much he or she weighs.
You can also get advice about fitting child car seats by visiting www.childcarseats.org.uk - a website that was set up by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents with funding from the Department of Transport.