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#childsafety | Child safety taught to residents of southern Webb County

A car seat can save a child’s life. However, some parents lack the knowledge of proper safe use of the seats.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 46% of children on Texas roads are not properly buckled up or their belts are being misused. It is for this reason various local and state entities recently teamed up in efforts to teach parents and drivers about correct car seat use and tips on how to choose the best car seat for their child last week. 

“My office collaborated with TxDOT and Constable Pct. 2 Office Mike Villarreal to educate families about the importance of child seat safety,” said Webb County Commissioner Pct. 1 Jesse Gonzalez said. “We had three different locations which included Rio Bravo, El Cenizo and La Presa in Mangana Hein.”

Gonzalez said the statistics shown by the department of transportation in the state show why it is important for people to maintain proper seating techniques for children. 

“Statistically talking, 46% of child seats are misused, and that is why motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths among children,” Gonzalez said. 

The county commissioner said any parents who may have any more concerns or questions regarding their child’s safety seat can contact TxDOT directly or the local constable’s office so they can take a quick course on how to properly secure their child.

One mother, Gloria Renteria, said she attended one of these events and found it very helpful.

“Children are always dependent on the parents, but if the parent does not know something, then we risk the child getting hurt or worse if an accident happens,” she said. “That is why classes like these matter where the safety of the child is considered and they can also be supervised by those that check them as well. It is important to do these activities in efforts to protect all children.”

Renteria said her car seat did not have any difficulties but learned children should be put in their seats dependent on their size. In the state of Texas, the child should be in one until their are 4-feet-9-inches tall to prevent any safety hazards. 

Gonzalez said everyone inside an operating vehicle should make sure they are buckled up including adults to ensure lives are saved on the roads. 

“Always make sure everyone inside the vehicle is properly secure and buckled at all times,” the county commissioner added. 

He also thanked the collaboration of the various entities working together to make the event happen. 

“I want to thank TxDOT and Constable Mike Villarreal and staff for providing this very important class throughout Precinct 1,” he said. “I will continue to bring important educational courses to Webb County residents.”

TxDOT states people can find out more information about how to keep their children safe in a car seat by going to the website 

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