Strathmore RCMP officers were parked on Brent Boulevard on the morning of March 11.

The officers were conducting vehicle safety checks, specifically looking for child seats. RCMP officers were checking to see if the seats were installed properly in the vehicles, as well as if kids were restrained properly in the seats.

In the month of March, RCMP in Alberta are targeting occupant restraints.

In 2018, Alberta RCMP issued 9,568 tickets related to occupant restraint offences.

A few things to ask yourself if you have a car seat in the vehicle are:

Is the car seat the right one for the child’s age, is it correctly facing forwards, or toward the rear, and are the restraints tight?

Sometimes because of winter clothing, restraints can become slack, which could cause a safety problem in the event of an accident.

"In 2018, 32.7 per cent of motor vehicle fatalities in Alberta RCMP jurisdictions involved a vehicle occupant not wearing a seat belt," explained Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta Traffic Services.

"We remind Albertans to take responsibility for safe driving behaviour: buckle up, every single time, whether you're driving to work or just around the block."

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