Child passenger safety week begins

Brennon Morioka
Brennon Morioka

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Parents, grandparents and caregivers: now is the time to check your child's safety seat to make sure it's properly installed.

Today at The Queen's Medical Center, state officials and police kicked off National Child Passenger Safety Week.

They'll be working together with the Department of Education to monitor schools to ensure that kids are properly restrained in vehicles.

Studies show, three out of four child passenger safety seats aren't installed properly.

"As a parent, it's our obligation to protect our kids, in every way that we can. And just that little investment of time and money for a car seat is worth the most important thing in the world," said Brennon Morioka, director of the Dept. of Transportation.

Under Hawaii law, children under the age of 4 need to ride in a child safety seat.

Kids between the ages of 4 and 8 need to ride either in a child safety or booster seat.

Drivers not complying with this law can be find up to $500.

You can check if your car seat is installed correctly, by heading down to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children or Maui Marketplace on the Valley Isle, this Saturday.