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Troopers highlight importance of car seat safety

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MSHP says in 2016 alone they issued more than 1,600 citations for children who weren’t properly restrained while riding in vehicles. (AP) MSHP says in 2016 alone they issued more than 1,600 citations for children who weren’t properly restrained while riding in vehicles. (AP)
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Ad Council, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week.

The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts.

The numbers are shocking.

MSHP says in 2016 alone they issued more than 1,600 citations for children who weren’t properly restrained while riding in vehicles.

Beyond getting a ticket, a child’s safety is key.

In Kansas, babies must stay in a rear-facing car seat until they’re one-year-old.

The NHTSA recommends they do it longer until they reach the maximum height and weight for the car seat.

Kansas law also requires kids younger than eight-years-old and under 80 pounds must be in at least a booster seat. Everyone is required to wear a seatbelt.

In Missouri, children four-years-old or less than 40 pounds must be in a car seat. Children between four and seven-years-old or between 40-80 pounds are required to be a in a booster seat. Eight-year-olds and older or more than 80 lbs. must wear a seatbelt at all times.

For those unsure about how to properly restrain a child, free inspections are available. Locations can be found on the NHTSA's website.

National Child Passenger Safety Week lasts until Saturday.

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