Friday, September 17, 2010

Kansas City Police looking for child safety seat law violators Sept. 19-25


Because car crashes are the number one killer of kids and because nearly 73 percent of all child restraints are not used correctly, the Kansas City Missouri Police Department is joining with other law enforcement agencies for an aggressive Child Passenger Safety Week Enforcement Campaign next week. The goal of the crack-down on Missouri’s child safety seat law violators is to reduce fatalities and injuries to children.

The campaign will run from Sept. 19 to 25 and will involve having extra officers on the streets and highways looking for violations of all types, but the officers will be especially focused on those involving unbuckled children. Missouri law requires all children under the age of eight to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80 pounds or 4 feet 9 inches tall.

“Regular child safety seat and safety belt use is the most effective way to protect yourself and your children in a motor vehicle crash,” said Sergeant Grant Ruark of the Traffic Enforcement Unit. “We intend to get this message across to those who do not practice the simple habit of buckling up themselves and their children.”

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