|The Franklin County Sheriff's Office receives
grant funding for the Sheriff's Child Occupant Protection Enforcement (S.C.O.P.E.)
program that is solely dedicated to traffic safety. The goal of the S.C.O.P.E.
position is to increase proper and consistent seat belt and child car seat
use through a combination of education and enforcement.
use of a seat belt is law in the State of Vermont. However, the law is
commonly referred to as a "secondary law", meaning that a driver
can not be stopped solely for not wearing their seat belt (unless a child
passenger, appearing under thirteen years of age, is suspected of being
unrestrained in a vehicle). If you are stopped for any reason and are
not wearing your seat belt, you may be fined.
Part of our education effort is to inform people of the dangers of not
wearing a seat belt and the benefits of wearing it properly. The main
purpose of a safety belt is to keep you inside the vehicle where your
chance of survival is four times greater. The most important aspect of
the S.C.O.P.E. position is the commitment to the safety of children.
and young adults are targeted for most of our educational pieces. Our
hope is that if we instill good seat belt habits in the children, they
will continue those good habits. Ultimately, our goal is to save lives.
Unfortunately, nine out of ten child safety seats are installed into
vehicles incorrectly. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office provides the
public service of child safety seat inspections. If you are concerned
about the safety and installation of your child's safety seat, a deputy
certified in child safety seat inspections will go over the car seat installation
with you and show you the proper use of a child safety seat. Please call
the Franklin County Sheriff's Office to set up an appointment on Tuesday
or Thursdays if you are interested in a car seat inspection.