Airdrie RCMP have issued 87 tickets after a child car seat inspection blitz last weekend near Balzac.

The inspection campaign happened over the course of five hours on Dwight McLellan Trail and involved four members of the Airdrie RCMP's Integrated Traffic Unit.

The blitz was aimed at getting parents to be more aware of how the child car seats work.

"We need parents to understand that they cannot simply toss a child seat in the back of their vehicle and expect it to do its job," said Jason Graw, sheriff with the Airdrie traffic unit. "The child seat needs to be installed properly and the child needs to be properly secured in the seat in order for the child safety seat to work effectively."

'We need parents to understand that they cannot simply toss a child seat in the back of their vehicle.' - Sheriff Jason Graw, Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit

The most serious violations detected by the officers included:

  • Children weighing less than 18 kilograms (40 lbs) who were not secured in child safety seats at all or in seats not appropriate for their weight
  • Children occupying child safety seats where the seats were not strapped into the vehicle
  • Children that were not properly buckled up in their child seats (the buckle was not done up or the shoulder straps were not being worn)

RCMP stress it is the parent's job to make sure children are buckled in properly because infants and small children can't buckle themselves.