Holiday Travel- Keeping Your Child Safe

by Kirby Gibbs

Lufkin, TX. (KTRE) - Traveling safely doesn't end with a safe, running car. It is also important that all passangers, especially the littelest ones, are safe once in the vehicle.

Traveling with kids can be a challenge, especially with the added worry of safety thrown into the mix. According to Texas law, kids under 5 have to be in a car seat and those 5 to 16 years old are to be buckled up whether they are in the front or back seat. Officer Greg Sanchez of Lufkin DPS suggested some advice that can help to avoid accidents and the horror of lost children.

"We recommend children under 12 be in the back seat,  but we also recommend that they try to go further with the car seat as far as the age. That is, at least up to 8 years old using a booster seat from about 40 pounds to about 80- 100 pounds because what it does is it correctly puts the seat belt across the child in case they do have an accident, it doesn't cause any injury or death to the child".

Officer Sanchez also urges parents to use car seats correctly. He says often times they are put in wrong, but if done the right way, car seats are 71% preventative in fatality accidents.