LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Parents and child caretakers received a lesson in car seat safety. A steady stream of people rolled into Lake Charles Toyota Saturday morning where State Police Troop D along with other local agencies were conducting the free checks.
According to authorities three out of four car seats are not installed properly and could lead to injury should the vehicle be involved in a wreck. Mother of two, Kristie Hogue, was impressed with how extensive the process was.
"I thought maybe they would check if the kids were in the seat correctly, but as it turned out we actually learned how to take the seat out and put it back in correctly. We also learned how to make sure it was latched, even the retraction of the seatbelt - even as much as pushing down on the inside and just learning how to get it really tight so it doesn't move more than an inch at a time when you are checking to make sure it is in correctly," explained Hogue.
State Police were able to check 57 vehicles. Also assisting with the event were Lake Charles and Sulphur Police, Lake Charles Fire Department, Leesville Police, United Way of Southwest Louisiana and Americorps.