On July 1, 2008, Michigan enacted a new child safety seat law that requires children under the age of 8 and under 4'9" tall to be in a car seat or booster seat, preferably in the rear seat of the vehicle but this is not required by law.
We kicked off our Safety Seats on March 26 of this year and the response has been overwhelming from the community, our law enforcement partners and the Michgian Office of Highway Safety Planning.
Due to the public's interest and cooperation, we will be distributing an additional 134 safety booster seats for qualifying families in addition to the infant safety seats.
Qualifying families will receive a free seat after a ten minute demonstration of the proper installation procedures and safety checks by a deputy trained in the best procedure to match the seat to the car and the seat to the child.
If you know of a deserving family please have them contact your local township deputy or Deaneen North at the Sheriff's office at 810-245-1365.
Ron Kalanquin, Lapeer County Sheriff
July 16, 2008