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National Child Safety Week
The New York State Police have announced September 15-21 as National Child Safety Week to raise awareness of the dangers children face in vehicle crashes. State Police will be using routine patrols and checkpoints, paying special attention to the enforcement of proper restraint of children in vehicles.
New York law states that children are required to use a safety child seat up to the age of 8.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends keeping infants in the back seat in rear-facing child safety seats as long as possible and up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat for the best possible protection, but at least up to age one and a weight of 20 lbs.
State Police say motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of hospitalizations and hospital emergency room visits for children under one year of age. Properly installed child safety seats reduce fatal injury 71% for infants in passenger cars.
Individuals needing assistance installing a child safety seat or who have questions about child passenger safety can call State Police at 518-783-3257 or go to www.safeny.ny.gov and click on Child Passenger Safety for Parents.