Child Passenger Safety

Keeping children safe while riding in cars continues to be a primary focus of DRIVE SMART COLORADO. Here you will find some strategies that may work in your community.

A closer look at children ages 0 -14 in Colorado

Motor vehicle injuries represent the leading cause of death among children age 3–14 years old in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA, 2008 data). Many of these deaths can be prevented. Placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than half.

From 2006–2010, 64 child passengers, ages 0–12 died in traffic crashes in Colorado. Over half (55%) were not using a child safety seat or seat belt, or they were using one improperly.

With nearly 100 NHTSA certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians trained and three certified Child Passenger Safety instructors in El Paso County, DRIVE SMART is able to place a large focus on child/youth traffic safety.

DRIVE SMART volunteers, working side by side along with alliance members from the Colorado Springs SAFE KIDS Coalition, military bases, law enforcement agencies, health and emergency medical personnel and the business community conduct an average of 15 community-wide safety seat clinics annually throughout the greater Colorado Springs region, checking nearly 700 seats each year, with an average misuse rate of over 90%.

For much more information and to know the Colorado state laws, go to

While this information pertains primarily to Colorado, make sure you know the laws in your own state, as they do differ. But remember, the laws of physics cross all borders.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (and Child Passenger Safety Advocates) recommends that children remain rear facing until two years old. This may require you to purchase another child safety seat that meets the higher weight limits!

Safety Seat Check Ups

Child passenger safety education (car seats) has been a priority of DSCS since it’s inception. Partnering with alliance members, DSCS participates in an average of 15 free community-wide safety seat checks yearly. In an example of an “average” year, nearly 700 safety seats/booster seats are checked. Of those, approximately 90% are installed incorrectly.

The following individuals or agencies in the Colorado Springs area will check your safety seat by appointment:

Tri-Lakes Monument Fire
18460 Roller Coaster Road
Monument, CO 80132
Steve Buckner
Spanish Available

Christine Simosky
8335 Wildridge Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Special Needs Certified

Ashley and Cory Sandavol
7925 Kettle Drum Street
Colorado Springs CO 80922
Ashley Sandoval

Colorado Springs Police Department
Gold Hill Sub-Station: 719-385-2100
Falcon Sub-Station: 719-444-7240
Sand Creek Sub-Station: 719-444-7270
Stetson Hills Sub-Station: 719-444-3140
Police Operations Center: 719-444-7595

American Medical Response
2370 N. Powers Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Laura Kent

Fountain Code Enforcement
116 S Main St
Fountain, CO 80817
Jaun Flores 719-322-2032

Basic Spanish and German Available

Jess Bartram

Precious Cargo Car Safety Program
Julie Wilcox
Monument/Northern Colorado Springs

Special Needs Certified 

Baby Cotton Bottoms
330 S. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Daniele Tobey

May Require a Fee

Colorado State Patrol
1480 Quail Lake Loop, Suite B
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Maurice Harris

Drive Smart Colorado
955 W Moreno Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Safe Kids Colorado Springs
Children’s Hospital
Laura Kent
2420 E. Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Special Needs Certified

Fort Carson Traffic Investigations
Active Duty Families Only

CPCD Head Start
Alanna Bedford