The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office installs child car seats for free, but citizens must make an appointment.To schedule an appointment, emailsafecarseats@stmarysmd.comand include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and type and number of car seats.

Maryland’s Child Passenger Safety Law:

• Every child under 8 years old must ride in a booster seat or other appropriate child safety seat* unless the child is 4 feet, 9 inches or taller.

• Every child from 8 to 16 years old who is not secured in a car seat must be secured in the vehicle’s seat belt.

The back seat is the safest. Children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat.

*A child safety seat includes infant seats, convertible seats, forward-facing seats, booster seats, or other federally approved safety devices.

Cpl. Kristi Nelson makes the final installation of a new car seat for two-year-old David Hellerman of Leonardtown.

Deputies who are Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians conduct these inspections. The inspection will take approximately 20 minutes and it will help avoid a needless tragedy.