It's a simple thing, but it can make a big difference if an autistic child should be in an accident.

I don't know who started making them or when, but the autism seat belt covers are a fantastic idea.

They are a simple velcro band that run anywhere from $5-$15 and go over the seat belt in any car to let people know that the person in that seat has autism and could resist help in the case of an accident.

And they are proving to be extremely helpful for parents and first responders.

So that is why the Norfolk County police departments are now giving them away for free.

Yes, simply stop into any police station in Norfolk County and ask for an autism seat belt cover and you will receive one.

And if you're wondering which towns are Norfolk County, it's Avon, Braintree, Brookline, Dedham, Holbrook, Medfield, Millis, Needham, Norfolk, Norwood, Sharon, Stoughton, Quincy and Weymouth.

And yes, I agree they are not the closest towns to the SouthCoast. But that could change.

We spoke with Jon Darling the spokesman for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office and they too had just learned of the Norfolk County distribution efforts.

Darling told us that the seat belt covers "seem like a great idea" and were something they would certainly be interested in checking out.

So for now heading to Norfolk County is how to get your free seat belt cover for your car, but that could be changing in the future.

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