Starting Thursday, child safety seat checkpoints will be available through the Maryland State Police for anyone wanting to make sure they have youngsters properly restrained in their vehicles.
"We are participating in the Chief's Challenge, a nationwide effort by law enforcement to encourage the use of seatbelts and child safety seats," said Lt. Bruce Smith, commander of the Maryland State Police barracks at Hagerstown.
Thursday's checkpoint will be at the barracks on Col. Henry Kyd Douglas Drive from 4 to 6 p.m.
The barracks also will be the site of three additional checkpoints - April 28 and May 3 from 8 to 10 a.m.; and May 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.
In addition, checkpoints will be available May 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at Children's Village of Washington County on Mount Aetna Road and on May 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hancock's Widmeyer Park.