Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Child Safety

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COLUMBIA - Law enforcement across the state are cracking down on child passenger safety this week. September 18th through September 24th marks 2011's "Child Passenger Safety Week" across the state.

The Columbia Fire Department offers free car seat checks so parents can be sure their child is secured safely. Missouri law says children under eight must be in a child safety or booster seat until they are at least 80 pounds or taller than 4' 9". The law allows for primary enforcement which means an officer can pull you over for no reason other than not having a child properly restrained.

Car crashes are the number one killer of children. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, ten children were killed in car crashes last year and more than 16 hundred were injured. The state provides a list of car seat inspection sites. If you'd like to know where you can go in your town to get your car seat inspected, you can find that complete list here.