Child passenger safety enforcement efforted results in 26 citations

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | 5:57 p.m. CDT; updated 1:13 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 29, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police and Boone County Sheriff's departments issued 26 citations for child restraint and other safety violations during the recent Child Passenger Safety Week, according to a release from the sheriff's department.

The law enforcement campaign ran from Sept. 18 to Sept. 24. During the six-day period, the enforcement detail conducted 54 traffic stops.

Citations were issued for infractions including child restraint, violations, seat belt violations, driving without insurance, driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license and non-hazardous moving violations.

In one instance, a citation was issued for driving with no operator's license, according to the release.

Missouri law requires that all children 8 and younger be in an appropriate child safety or booster seat unless they weigh 80 pounds or are 4 feet 9 inches tall, according to a previous release. All children 16 and younger must wear a seat belt.

The enforcement detail was made up of deputies working overtime. Overtime funding came from the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traffic and Highway Safety division, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Missouri Safety Center.


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