Police to implement extra enforcement for Child Passenger Safety Week

Friday, September 16, 2011 | 1:24 p.m. CDT

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.

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Harley Lover September 20, 2011 | 4:08 p.m.

I'd like to know if there are any forms for reporting something you see in passing concerning child restraints. I was traveling down I-70 the other day and I noticed this 3-4 year old boy bouncing around in the backseat of the car in front of me. I went to pass and the young lady driving was texting at the time, I tried to indicate that she needed to buckle the child up and for my effort I got flipped off. I'd love to turn these people in when they do such ignorant things on the highway.

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mike mentor September 20, 2011 | 4:52 p.m.

I just saw a lady driving a big SUV while talking on the phone with her left hand and her right hand was around the waist of her toddler daughter who was standing on the center console next to her. The scary part was this lady was turning in to the parking lot of an insurance company. No kidding...

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mike mentor September 20, 2011 | 4:53 p.m.

I am glad to see we didn't resort to illegal stops to enforce these important child safety laws.

Saturation = Good

Checkpoints = Bad

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