DHSMV Promotes Child Passenger Safety

~Make sure children are secured correctly~

cpsTALLAHASSEE, Fla.— With the start of Child Passenger Safety Week, a national awareness campaign focused on keeping children safe while traveling in motor vehicles, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding parents and caregivers to choose the appropriate car seat for young children, install and use it correctly, and to be familiar with Florida laws regarding child safety restraints.

“While a seat belt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature, we must remember that it is not designed for young children. That’s why using the proper child seat is so important to prevent injuries…or worse,” said Terry Rhodes, Executive Director of the DHSMV.

In Florida, during 2014, there were 32 deaths and over 700 injuries caused by crashes in which children under 18 were not secured in car seats or wearing seat belts.

The DHSMV reminds parents and caregivers that:

  • All passengers under 18 years of age must use a seat belt or be in the appropriate safety seat required by age.
  • Children 3-years-old or younger must be in a child safety seat or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat.
  • Children age 4 and 5 must be in a child safety seat, a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat, or a booster seat.
  • The parent/caregiver is responsible for providing a child safety seat/booster seat when using a vehicle for hire such as a taxi or limousine.
  • Drivers will be charged with a seat belt violation if any passenger under the age of 18 is not using a seat belt or secured in a child restraint device.

National Seat Check Saturday will be held on September 19. To locate a car seat check-up event in your area, go to (link is located at top of home page).

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: providing A Safer Florida by securely maintaining the records of more than 19 million registered vehicles and over 15 million licensed drivers, as well as providing safe travel along Florida’s highways.  To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.