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Child Passenger Safety Week is Underway

National Child Passenger Safety Week began Sunday and lasts until Saturday, Sept. 24 in an effort to raise awareness for threats faced by child passengers in motor vehicle crashes.

State Police Commander Michael Kopy, of Troop K, made the announcement, and explained that state police, local law enforcement and highway safety professionals will begin a nationwide effort to give children “the best possible chance in avoiding injury or death in a crash, by ensuring they are properly secured in motor vehicles.”

Kopy said safety belt laws will be enforced, as well as rules regarding the proper restraint of children in vehicles. New York State law mandates that a child must be retrained in a child safety seat up until they are 8-years-old.

“The best safety seat for your child is one that fits your child, your vehicle, and will be used correctly every time your child rides in the car,” Kopy said.

For additional information regarding child passenger safety week, and resources for more information, click here .

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