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Seat beat checkpoints set

April 19, 1999

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.

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Throughout the next few months, troopers will increase efforts to enforce the law requiring child safety seats and seatbelts, Smith said.

Informational booths will also be set up in area shopping centers for handing out brochures and other materials.

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