POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 5:08pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 9:26am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A new study  shows the city of Brownsville has the lowest rate of correct child safety seats in the state of Texas.
Nationally, three out of four children are not properly fastened in safety seats. This week marks Child Passenger Safety Week throughout the state.
TXDOT and local hospitals are teaming up to demonstrate how to correctly use child safety seats and educate parents on the importance of doing so.
"We see kids that are strapped into care seats that are expired, car seats that are not strapped in appropriately, and sometimes we do see kids that aren't even strapped into a car seat and maybe just using a regular seat belt or not using any seat belt at all," said Brielle Swerdlin, a certified child passenger safety technician.
"We know the statistics, we know the data on the fatalities that occur," said Elizabeth Paradise, TXDOT spokesperson. "It's something that can be easily rectified. And it's just one of those things that we're out there, we're trying to educate the people, and maybe the numbers will show the next time they do the research."
Child Passenger Safety week will continue in the Valley with car seat inspection stations in Harlingen and Edinburg. Families may receive a free car seat at these stations if they cannot afford one or have a seat that is broken or expired.