NISD police officer on a mission to secure youth in vehicles
Watching the drop off and pick up lines at Nacogdoches ISD elementary schools, NISD police officer Carolyn Meredith noticed children riding in the wrong type of car seat, improperly secured in a seat or without any car seat at all.
Meredith’s desire to take a proactive approach has developed into Car Seats for Kids, a community wide car seat and booster drive aimed at helping NISD families in need.
“I would like for each child in our district to be safe and secure in the proper child safety seat,” Meredith said.
She noted that financial struggles stop keep some parents from buying the next size in car seat. Others may use hand-me-down versions that no longer meet safety requirements or that already have sustained an accident and should be retired.
The drive begins Monday, Jan. 13, and runs through Friday, Jan. 17. Only new car seats and booster seats will be accepted due to safety regulations.
Donations can be made at any NISD elementary school or the District Support Services office at 420 S. Shawnee.
If an NISD family is in need of a car seat or booster seat, they can contact one of these school representatives.
Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School: Diane Brister
Raguet Elementary School: James Allen
Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts: Shelly Norvell
Emeline Carpenter Academy of Technology and Science: Gerald Fonzie
Fredonia Elementary School: Nicole Allbee
Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language: Paula Harsbarger
Texas Law says
Texas State Law states that any child younger than 8 must be safely secured in a federally approved child car seat. From birth to 1 year old and up to 35 lbs, a rear-facing seat suitable for the child’s height and weight should be used.
1 year old to 4 years old and up to 20-40 lbs should use a forward-facing seat and 4-8 year olds and over 40 lbs should be placed in a booster seat.
Consequences for not securing a child in an appropriate car seat or booster can result in fines ranging from $25 to $250 dollars.