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Child Passenger Safety Awareness

Child Passenger Safety

The District of Columbia government is making it easier for residents to protect their families. (Information provided from the District Department of Transportation)

Contact Information

District Department of Transportation  
250 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Contact: Karen Gay, [email protected], (202) 409-0234 or [email protected]

DC Metropolitan Police Department
Traffic Division 501 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001
Contact: Analee Jimenez, [email protected], 202-437-8030
(MPD Conducts Safety Inspections Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 6 pm, no appointment required)

Does Your Child Need a Booster Seat?

Did you know that most children need to ride in a booster seat from age 4 to at least age 8? This test is a quick and easy way to determine if a booster seat is needed.

  • Does the child sit all the way back against the back of the auto seat?
  • Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the front edge of the auto seat?
  • Does the lap belt cross the child's shoulder between the neck and the arms?
  • Is the lap portion of the lap/shoulder belt as low as possible, touching the thighs?
  • Can the child stay seated like this for the entire trip?

If you have answered "no" to any of these questions, your child needs a booster seat to ride safely in the car. 

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