TAPD promotes child safety with car seat exchange warrant amnesty period


According to a release from TAPD, Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers have located many drivers who do not provide proper car seats for their children.

Arkansas Child Restraint Laws state that; Infants from birth to at least twenty pounds should be restrained in a rear-facing or convertible seat rear-facing, and children from twenty to 60 pounds are required to be restrained in a convertible seat forward facing or forward facing seat or booster seat as applicable.

Because motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children younger than 13 years of age, TAPD is setting out to ensure that every child is properly restrained in a vehicle.

In an effort to raise awareness of the Arkansas Child Restraint Laws and reduce injuries due to motor vehicle crashes, the Texarkana Arkansas District Court and the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will conduct a car seat exchange warrant amnesty period beginning December 1st, 2016 through December 16th, 2016 for people who have outstanding warrants for Contempt of court for not paying fines.

By bringing in a NEW, in the box, car seat, the Texarkana Arkansas District court and the TAPD has agreed to waive the warrant fee and reset a payment arrangement without penalty.

The upcoming car seat exchange warrant amnesty period was announced today by District Court Judge Wren Autrey, who said the amnesty program would enable those being sought on warrants to avoid being arrested, avoid being assessed additional court costs and resolve their case entirely.

“These individuals have had their driving privilege suspended and clearing these fines will also enable them to regain a valid driver’s license,” said Judge Wren Autrey.

Judge Wren Autrey will waive the $350.00 warrant fee and release your driver’s license for reinstatement.

“With the holidays fast approaching many individuals in Texarkana, Arkansas unfortunately have outstanding warrants that could benefit from this. Instead of being locked up in jail away from your families, bring in a car seat. You will not only help yourself, but you will also be contributing to the safety of a child in this community,” explained Pe’Tree Banks TAPD Dockets Coordinator.

All donated car seats will be utilized by the Southwest Arkansas Prevention Taskforce to support the Safety Baby Shower program in the area. The seats will be provided to parents completing the Safety Baby Shower program and installed by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

The seats can be donated at the Texarkana Arkansas District Court located at the Bi-State Justice Center, 100 North State Line Avenue, 8:00am-5:00pm, beginning December 1st through December 16th, 2016.

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