The Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department are teaming up for National Child Passenger Safety Week, according to a news release. From Sept. 18 to 24, there will be an enforcement campaign to crack down on child seatbelt and safety seat violations.
Missouri state law requires children younger than 8 to be in a child safety seat unless they weigh more than 80 pounds or are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. The law also states that children younger than 16 must wear a seat belt, regardless of where they are in the car.
Car accidents are the leading cause of accidental deaths among children, according to the National Institutes of Health. Regularly using child safety seats and seat belts are the most effective ways to protect people and reduce deaths in car crashes, Curtis Perkins, Columbia Police Traffic Unit Sergeant, said in the release.
Overtime for next week’s extra enforcement will be paid for by grant money from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division.