Child Passenger Safety Program

The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department promotes child passenger education by providing information concerning the proper use of child restraint devices, as well as certified technicians who ensure that these devices have been properly installed in their respective vehicles. Several of the Officers of the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department have received specialized training and have been certified as Child Passenger Seat Technicians. These officer technicians provide this invaluable service to the Batesburg-Leesville Community at various times and locations throughout the year through the use of Child Passenger Safety Seat Checks. The overall goal of this program is to enhance the safety of the children in our community. The Batesburg-Leesville Police Department looks forward to working with parents and care providers of children to make our community a safer place for our children for years to come. 


Child Car Seat Laws

While riding in a vehicle, children under the age of six need to be properly restrained by an approved child safety seat.

However, additional conditions apply:

  • Children under 1 year old or weighing less than 20 lbs must be in a rear-facing child safety seat.
  • Children 1 through 5 years old, weighing between 20 to 40 lbs., must be in a forward-facing child safety seat.
  • Children over 1 through 5 years old, weighing 40 to 80 lbs., must be in a belt-positioning booster seat.
  • Regardless of age, children weighing over 80 lbs. or those who can can sit erect against the car seat and bend their legs over the seat's edge are not required to be in a booster seat.

In general, children under 6 years old cannot ride in the front seat. But, this stipulation is waived if the vehicle doesn't have a back seat, or if the back seat is occupied by other children under 6 years old.

To ensure a safety seat has been properly installed, visit the Batesburg-Leesville Police Department or call (803) 532-4408 to set up an inspection.


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