- Category: News
- Published on 05 February 2014
- Written by Jim Bardwell
Citizens can call hotline to report unrestrained children in vehicles
Each year more children are killed or injured in vehicle crashes than by any disease. Most of these casualties can be prevented by having children properly secured in the latest safety seats when riding in vehicles. This is why the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is introducing the “Please Be Seated” hotline (903-799-1400) for citizens to call when they see a child riding unrestrained in a vehicle.
“We are not law enforcement, so we can’t write them out a ticket, but we will send them a letter explaining the dangers of not having their children properly restrained in their vehicle and remind them that they can be ticketed if children are seen riding in their vehicle not in a car seat,” said Irene Webster, Traffic Safety Specialist for TxDOT in the Atlanta District.
Callers can remain anonymous and do not have to leave their name or contact information if they do not want.
“Anyone that doesn’t have a car seat or cannot afford one, there are several safety seat distribution programs and certified technicians available to assist them with getting one and instructing them on how to properly install the seat in their vehicle and secure their child in the seat. To get more information about car seats, they can call the hotline or my office phone at 903-799-1221,” Webster said.