Statistics show motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and serious physical injury for children younger than five years of age. Child safety seats were introduced in an effort to try to reduce these numbers, but approximately 15 to 20 children under age five still die in Arizona each year as a result of misuse or nonuse of child seats.
For these reasons, the Show Low Police Department, in conjunction with the Show Low Magistrate Court, has instituted the Children Are Priceless Passengers (C.A.P.P.) program. C.A.P.P. is a pilot program set up to address citations issued for violations of Arizona’s child safety seat laws.
Under the program, a person charged with a safety seat violation (A.R.S. § 28-07A) will be given three options for resolving the charge:
If a defendant requests an extension to participate in the program, he or she MUST return to the court on or before the new arraignment date to provide proof of compliance.
How to Participate
The Show Low Police Department offers car seat diversion classes in the Police Department Training Room one Saturday a month throughout the year. Classes are approximately two hours long, and there is a $25 fee for attending. Payment must be a check or money order (NO CASH) made out to the City of Show Low.
Daycare is not provided, and children are not permitted at the classes. Participants must bring their child safety seat to the class for inspection and a recall check. If the participant does not own a safety seat, he/she will have an opportunity to obtain a new child seat during the class.
Participants MUST pre-register for classes by calling the Show Low Police Department at 537-4365.
Upon completion of the class, the student will receive a notice of completion form that must be present to the court on or before their scheduled arraignment date. Once compliance is shown, the fine will be suspended.
Visit the Web sites below for more information about child safety seats: