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Overland Park police crack down on parents who don't buckle kids' seat belts

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Police are keeping an extra close eye on parent's cars this week as they take their kids to school. (KCTV5) Police are keeping an extra close eye on parent's cars this week as they take their kids to school. (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Police are keeping an extra close eye on parent's cars this week as they take their kids to school.

It started the day after Halloween and runs for the rest of this week. Those that live in Kansas and see police officers around their child's school, drivers better make sure everyone in the car is buckled up properly.

Police will be looking for kids who are not buckled in, kids who are jumping around inside the car and parents who are not belted in properly.

Every year, too many children are hurt or even killed because they are not properly restrained. In 2011, 33-percent of children who died in crashes were not properly buckled up.

This is just a spot check by police to make sure parents and children stay safe.

"Times have changed. If your child is not buckled up, we'll issue a citation. When I grew up in the 70s and 80s, we wouldn't have the strict laws, but we've seen so many kids hurt and injured in accidents, we're going to enforce those laws," said John Lacy with the Overland Park Police Department.

Child Seat belt Safety Week in the state of Kansas wraps up Friday.

Here are the rules of how your youngest kids should be buckled up:

  • Experts say babies need to be in a rear-facing car seat until they are two years old.
  • Then, they can be forward facing but still in a car seat.
  • According to Kansas law, children 4 to 7 must be in a booster seat until they reach 80 pounds or are taller than 4'9".

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