The REACH Program
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV20 News
On the same day two year old Craig Camiel was killed in an accident in Lake City, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers in Columbia County started a program designed to keep infants safer on the road.
The program REACH gives parents who are ticketed for not having their child in a car seat another way to pay for the ticket. It gives parents who are ticketed for not having their child in a car seat, alternatives to get rid of the ticket.
Instead of paying the $130 fee and getting three points added to their drivers license, parents can go to a two hour class, where they'll learn about child car safety. Lt. Mike Burroughs, says, "It's because parents want to get child seats out of their car to soon. so they can make room and the child is ok in a seat belt. as a result we're paying the price."
If parents do use the reach program, they won't be paying the full price of a car seat. Which normally start at $60. People who use reach will only have to pay $15. So far reach is only available for people living in Columbia County. But troopers hope it will soon spread to other counties around North Central Florida.
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