CHP re­minds driv­ers to prop­erly se­cure their chil­dren

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - Front Page - Ap­peal Staff Re­port

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol is re­mind­ing driv­ers of the im­por­tance of hav­ing chil­dren se­cured in the proper safety seat.

Ac­cord­ing to a CHP news re­lease, ve­hi­cle crashes are the lead­ing cause of death for chil­dren age 13 and un­der. Data from the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic

Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion for 2017 found 37 per­cent of the chil­dren killed in car crashes were un­re­strained.

Un­der Cal­i­for­nia law, chil­dren un­der 8 years old must be prop­erly re­strained in an ap­pro­pri­ate child safety seat in the back seat of a ve­hi­cle; chil­dren un­der 2 years old must ride in a rear-fac­ing car seat in the back seat; chil­dren who are at least 8 years old or 4 feet, 9 inches tall should con­tinue to ride in the back seat in either a safety seat, such as a booster seat, or lap/ shoul­der belt.

Al­most 60 per­cent of chil­dren’s safety seats are used in­cor­rectly, ac­cord­ing to the NHTSA. Chil­dren should be kept in an ap­pro­pri­ate child seat un­til they reach the up­per height and weight rec­om­mended by the car seat man­u­fac­turer. For in­for­ma­tion about mak­ing the proper seat choice, visit https://bit. ly/33khqmx.

In ad­di­tion to en­sur­ing the safety of chil­dren, adults should be role mod­els by al­ways wear­ing their own seat belts, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

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