National Child Passenger Safety Week kicks off

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Sunday, September 13 2015 Sep 13, 2015 Sunday, September 13, 2015 8:28:00 PM CDT September 13, 2015 in News
By: Collin Ruane, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - National Child Passenger Safety Week kicked off across the country for another year Sunday.

Now, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers of the importance of safely buckling up your kids before hitting the road.

There are several laws in place meant to promote safety for children when it comes to car seats and booster seats for kids.

According to the highway patrol, children between 4 and 8 years old who are also between 40 and 80 pounds are required by law to be properly restrained while in a car.

On top of that, drivers are legally responsible to make sure any passengers younger than 16 are buckled in before driving. State law says people 16 and older are responsible for buckling themselves in.

The highway patrol said failure to follow safety laws can result in $50 fines in many cases.

National Child Passenger Safety Week runs through Saturday. The highway patrol also recommends you do not purchase any car or booster seats second-hand. For a look at recommended seats, click here.

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