National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) week runs September 12-18, and serves as a reminder for parents with hectic, on-the-go schedules to stop rushing and start properly securing their vehicle’s most important cargo—their children. This is especially important as 83-percent of child restraints in use on Minnesota roads are used incorrectly.
Along with a child’s progression through proper safety seat restraints—rear-facing infant seat, forward-facing toddler seats —Minnesota law now requires the use of booster seats for children under 8 years of age or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches tall. Boosters lift a child up to help a seat belt fit properly. It is recommended that you keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather than their age.
As child passenger safety technicians, nothing matters more to us more than children riding safely on the roads and that includes being properly secured in the correct child safety restraint. We encourage every parent and caregiver to learn how to safely secure their loved ones at www.buckleupkids.org and to always set a good example for their little ones by buckling up.
Gaylord Police Department