The Waldoboro Police Department is pleased to offer a Child Safety Seat Check-Up Program. Detective Lance Mitchell is a nationally certified Child Safety Seat Technician. Detective Mitchell and the Waldoboro Police Department offer his services to the public free of charge for the benefit of our children. Detective Mitchell states: "85%-90% of all child seats are installed incorrectly. I myself used to install car seats improperly. Knowing what I know now actually scares me. I have a much better understanding of what forces present themselves in the event of a crash. Children's bodies are not capable of handling these forces. Child Safety seats, if used correctly, greatly reduce the risk of injury. I want to help parents keep their children safe!"
Some people have reservations seeing a police officer for a child seat check-up, fearing that they might be ticketed for improperly using a child seat. That will not happen. "This is not a sting operation. If you come to us for a child seat check-up, you will not be ticketed, if we find you on the road, you will be".
The entire process takes approximately 25 minutes per seat. A short form needs to be filled out by the parent, grandparent, aunt, etc. Detective Mitchell requests that you bring, if at all possible the Child Seat Manual and you Vehicle's Owner's Manual.
To set up an appointment either call 832-4500 and ask for Detective Mitchell, or stop by the Waldoboro Police Department.