A Washington State Patrol media release says that troopers in Jefferson and Clallam counties will be performing emphasis patrols between March 18 and 20 during daytime hours focusing on children who are not properly restrained in car seats, boosters seats and seat belts.
In conducting the emphasis patrol, the Patrol cites statistics which rate car accidents as the leading cause of fatalities of children between the ages of 2 and 14. Lieutenant Clint Casebolt says that the death rate is “in part to the nonuse or improper use of child seats and seat belts.” In fact, a study published in the journal Pediatrics says that a properly positioned car seat can reduce car accident injury by 43%.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Agency has a web-site which provides locations where you can have your child’s seat checked to make sure it fits and is installed correctly. The WSP reports that you can call 1-800-BUCK-L-UP or visit www.800bucklup.org to find a location where you can have a car seat check up.
Guidelines for children in cars:
- Children must be in a booster seat until their eighth birthday unless they are 4’9″ tall or taller.
- Children under the age of 13 must ride in the backseat when practical.
- Infants must be in a rear facing seat until one year of age and at least 20 pounds in weight.
- No infant should ever be placed in front of an active air bag.
- Choose the proper seat for the style of car and for the size of child.
This information is provided by The Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and the families of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your losses. We have more than 30 years experience representing auto accident victims and their families.