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Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Program
NYS Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Program

ImageAn Important Child Safety Message from Town of Stony Point Supervisor Geoffrey Finn and Town of Stony Point Police Chief Brian J. Moore.

The Town of Stony Point is proud to participate in the New York State Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Program. We care about our children and families, both at home and on the road. If you are a Stony Point resident and need assistance to install your child's safety seat, please call the Town of Stony Point Police Department at 845-786-2422. You can schedule an appointment for a professional installation of your child restraint seats.

 More information is available on the NYS DMV website .

 
Proper Child Safety Seat Use Chart Buckle Everyone. Children Age 12 and Under in Back!

 

INFANTS

 

TODDLER

 

YOUNG CHILDREN

WEIGHT

 

Birth to one year and less than 22 lbs. 

Older than one year and over 20 lbs.-40 lbs.

 

Over 40 lbs. Ages 4-7, unless 4'9".

 

TYPE of SEAT

Infant only or rear-facing convertible

Convertible / Forward-facing

 

Belt positioning booster seat

 

SEAT POSITION

 

Rear-facing only

 

Forward-facing

 

Forward-facing

 

ALWAYS MAKE SURE:

 

Birth to one year and at least 20 lbs. in rear-facing seats Harness straps at or below shoulder level

 

Harness straps should be at or above shoulders Most seats require top slot for forward-facing

 

Belt positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belt. Make sure the lap belt fits low and tight across the lap/ upper thigh area and the shoulder belt fits snugly, crossing the chest and shoulder to avoid abdominal injuries

 

WARNING

 

All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat

 

All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat

 

All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat

 

 
Your child's safety seat MAY NOT BE SAFE if:
  • It has been in a crash It has missing parts it is on a recall list It is over 6 years old
  • It is not used properly it has no identification labels or tags
 
Seat Belt Law

What is the seat belt law in New York State?
New York State law requires all front seat passengers to wear seat belts. Children under the age of 16 must wear seat belts when they are in the front seat or the back seat. Children under the age of four must ride in safety seats. Children age four, five or six must ride in child restraint systems. The penalty for a seat belt or car seat violation is a fine of up $50. If a conviction includes a person under the age of 16, the driver receives a maximum fine of $100 and 3 points on the driver license record.

How do I select the correct child safety seat or child restraint system?
To select the correct protection for your child, carefully read the recommendations of child safety seat or child restraint system manufacturers.  The recommendations tell you what age weight and height a child can be to use the seat or system.  The recommendations are normally printed on the outside of the package.

These examples can help you to select the correct child safety seat:

  • Infant seats are normally for infants that weigh approximately 22 pounds or less, are 25 inches or less in length, or are less than one year old. Face the infant seat toward the back of the vehicle. Never put an infant in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger-side air bag.
         
  • Convertible child safety seats are normally for infants or toddlers that weigh approximately 40 pounds or less. For infants, face these seats toward the back of the vehicle. For toddlers more than one year old, you can change these seats to face the front of the vehicle.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions to adjust the seat as the child increases in size.
         
  • Booster seats are normally for children who have outgrown toddler seats. Booster seats are for children who are four to eight years old, who weigh 40 to 80 pounds, and who are less than four feet, nine inches in height.  You can use a booster seat until an adult seat belt correctly fits the child without use of the booster seat. • Built-in child seats are available with some vehicle models.  Built-in child seats fold away from the standard car seats. Do not use these seats for infants.  


Always read the instructions and the information provided in the vehicle owner manual about the use of child safety seats or child restraint systems. Make sure you install and use the seat or system correctly at all times.  Never use an infant seat in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger-side air bag. Make sure that other passengers use their seat belts. Read more tips on the correct use of safety seats and child restraint systems.

Can I use a child safety seat in a car with air bags?
It is not illegal under NYS law for a child passenger to ride in the front seat of a vehicle that has a passenger air bag, but it is dangerous. Recent studies show that air bags can cause serious or fatal injuries to infants, children or small adults that sit in the passenger-side front seat. It is also normally safer for a child of any age to ride in the back seat of any vehicle.

The new law requires the use of booster seats or other appropriate child restraint systems for four, five and six year olds.

A booster seat must be used with a lap AND shoulder belt.
Improperly fitting safety belts can cause needless injuries, even death in a crash or sudden stop situation.

Adult lap and shoulder belts will not fit children properly until they are 4'9" tall, which is usually around eight years of age. The lap and shoulder belt should fit properly with the lap portion of the belt low and snug across the upper thighs and the shoulder portion crossing the chest and resting over the middle of the shoulder. The child also should be able to bend his/her knees over the edge of the seat when sitting with his/her back up against the vehicle seat.

Children under age four are required to be restrained in federally approved child safety seats when riding in a motor vehicle.

 
Contact Information

Please call the Stony Point Police Department at 845-­786-2422 for additional information.

 

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