National Child Passenger Safety Week set to begin Sunday

1 month 1 week 1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:37:00 PM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
By: Emily Wolf, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY — The Jefferson City Police Department announced its participation in the National Child Passenger Safety Week enforcement campaign on Facebook Saturday.

The campaign will begin Monday, Sept. 15 and continue until Saturday, Sept. 21. The goal is to increase compliance with Missouri child safety seat laws, according to a news release from JCPD. It aims to reduce preventable injuries and deaths of children involved in car crashes.

All children under the age of 8 must be in an appropriate child safety or booster seat, according to Missouri law. Children who weigh 80 pounds or more and are at least 4 foot 6 inches tall can sit in a normal car seat with a seat belt. 

Motor vehicle crashes are the "number one killer of our children," according to the Facebook post. Booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury by 45% for children ages 4-8 when compared to only wearing a seat belt, according to the release. 

Doug Ruediger, traffic unit supervisor, said continuous use of child safety seats and seat belts are the most effective way to protect children and adults in motor vehicle crashes. 

Funding for the campaign was provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation Highway and Traffic Safety Division and the Missouri Safety Center. 

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