About 85% of all child safety seats or booster seats are improperly used.
The Winston-Salem Police Department currently has two officers who are nationally certified to properly educate or install infant/child safety seats. Officers who are qualified with this certification must successfully take and complete a 32-hour course which includes both a written and a three-phase practical exam.
Along with properly installing the safety seats, the police department also provides educational information to parents/grandparents about the importance of correctly utilizing the seats to provide the greatest degree of safety for the child.
Due to the time it takes an officer to correctly research and install the safety seat, we ask that all requests are made by appointment only, and you should allow at least 30 minutes for the installation.
When calling to make an appointment, please be prepared to provide:
- the make/model of the child safety seat
- the serial number or the date of manufacture
At the time of the appointment, it is also is important to have:
- the owner’s manual for the vehicle
- the owner's manual for the child safety seat
Additionally the Winston-Salem Police Department in conjunction with Safekids Northwest Piedmont hosts a checking station the third Thursday of each month, weather permitting. This event is held at the Downtown Health Plaza, 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Requests for child safety seat installations can be made by calling the Crime Prevention Unit directly at (336) 773-7835.
External Web Links (These links will open in a new window)
Buckle Up NC
National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration