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Officers available to assist with child car seats

Published: 8:51 AM, 09/26/2013 Last updated: 8:51 AM, 09/26/2013

Author: By Capt. Aaron Miller
Source: The Blowing Rocket

Last week was set aside to bring attention to child passenger safety.

Keeping our children safe on the highway doesn’t end, though, with the conclusion of the designated week.

North Carolina state law requires children must be properly restrained in a child passenger safety seat until the child is 8 years old or weighs more than 80 pounds.

Below are just a few of best practice recommendations for parents and caregivers to remember.

• Keep children rear facing as long as possible, but as least until they are 1 year old and weighing 20 pounds.

• Keep forward facing children in a seat with a five-point harness until they are at least 40 pounds.  
• Keep children in a booster seat until the seat belt fits them correctly.

• Always follow both the vehicle manufacture and the child seat manufacture guidelines.

 Help is available. Blowing Rock Police Department and Blowing Rock Fire Department are permanent child passenger safety checking stations and have certified technicians available to assist you with your child passenger seat.

More information about keeping your family safe in the car can be found at and at


Ryan Dean Walsh, 37, of Lenoir was arrested on Sept. 19. Walsh was arrested following a traffic stop and was charged with driving while license revoked. He was held at the Watauga County Detention Center on a $500 secured bond.

Carl Duane Hefner, 57, of Lincolnton was charged on Sept. 22  with a larceny that allegedly occurred at Tanger Outlets.

Officers responded to Tanger Sunday after a witness reported a man removing children’s clothing hidden in his pants. Sheriff’s deputies spotted and stopped Hefner’s vehicle in Boone.

Blowing Rock Police Officers recovered the stolen property and charged Hefner.

A single car accident on Sept. 21  resulted in the driver being taken to the hospital. A 2011 Lincoln driven by Barbara Kinsey of Deep Gap, ran off of the roadway during heavy rain and struck a rock wall. Kinsey was taken by ambulance to the Watauga Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Damages from the accident were estimated at $17,000.

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