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June 03
Safety First for Child Passengers
The Wake County Buckle Up Program, in partnership with the Wake County District Attorney's Office, Safe Kids North Carolina, NC Governors Highway Safety Program and local law enforcement agencies across Wake County, launched the Wake County Child Passenger Safety Diversion Project in May.
 
The new Diversion Project allows motorists, who are issued citations for not having young passengers in child restraints, to have their citations dismissed if they visit a participating agency to learn how to properly use their restraints.
 
"Many drivers fail to comply with the law by choosing not to use child restraints altogether or by using their seats improperly, which may lead to lifelong consequences of injury or even death," said Suzanne LeDoyen, Wake County Buckle Up coordinator.
 
In order to comply, the person who received the ticket must bring their child, correct child restraint, valid ID and their ticket to one of the following locations for validation.

Agency Location Hours Contact
Apex Fire Department Station 3 736 Hunter St., Apex Wednesdays, 1–4 p.m. 919-362-4001
Cary Police Department Fire Station 2 875 SE Maynard Road, Cary Wednesdays,
11 a.m–1 p.m.
919-469-4012
El Pueblo Inc.* 700 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 101, Raleigh Mondays through Thursdays Call for an appointment
919-835-1525
Fuquay-Varina Fire Department Station 1 301 S. Fuquay Ave., Fuquay-Varina Tuesdays, 4–7 p.m. 919-552-0422
Holly Springs Police Department Fire Station 2 1140 Avent Ferry Road, Holly Springs Thursdays, 1–4 p.m. 919-552-7110
Knightdale Public Safety 976 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale Wednesdays, 4–7 p.m. 919-217-2271
Morrisville Fire Department Station 1 200 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville Mondays, 4–7 p.m. 919-463-6120
Morrisville Fire Department Station 2 10632 Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville Mondays, 4–7 p.m. 919-463-6140
Morrisville Fire Department Station 3 6900 Carpenter Fire Station Road, Morrisville Mondays, 4–7 p.m. 919-436-6940
Wake County Human Services 10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh First Wednesday of each month, 2–5 p.m. 919-250-3989
Zebulon Fire Department 113 E. Vance St., Zebulon Wednesdays, 1–4 p.m. 919-269-6487
*Spanish speaking only
 
North Carolina Law requires all passengers in a vehicle to buckle up. Children are required to use a car seat until they are at least 8 years old or 80 pounds (whichever comes first), and the vehicle seat belt must fit properly on its own.
 
For more information, call Wake County Buckle Up Coordinator Suzanne LeDoyen at 919-250-3989.

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