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Buckled Up at Homer Drive

The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) partnered with Homer Drive Elementary to ensure students are safe when riding in a vehicle.

The third week in September is Child Passenger Safety Week and focuses on the proper use of car safety seats for children. According to TXDOT, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children. While most people believe their children are properly buckled up, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out that 46 percent of all car seats are misused. 

“The best way to keep young children safe in your vehicle is to make sure they’re properly buckled up in a car seat,” said Bridgett Hlavinka, TXDOT Traffic Safety Specialist. “That means selecting a car seat that’s appropriate for a child’s age and size and installing it correctly.”

TXDOT, along with the Beaumont Police Department, Beaumont ISD Police Department and other law enforcement officials, visited with parents at Homer Drive on September 23, 2021, during the morning drop-off, passing out information about car and booster seats, requirements and acceptability. 

“It’s important for parents to have the right information on how to determine if their child is in the right seat for his or her age and size,” said Janis Pokraka, Homer Drive Parent Coordinator. “We urge parents and caregivers to protect their child’s future at every stage of life.”

TXDOT’s free safety seat inspections are available throughout the year. To schedule a car seat check-up with a Traffic Safety Specialist, visit and enter your ZIP code to find the nearest TXDOT district office.

Texas law requires that all children younger than eight years old, unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches, be secured in a child safety seat whenever they ride in a vehicle. Older children who have outgrown a booster seat must be buckled with a seat belt. Failure to properly restrain a child can result in a ticket of up to $250.