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Child Safety Day...Saving Young Children's Lives

Tracy Tellman, Texas Department of Public Safety Tracy Tellman, Texas Department of Public Safety
Dietra Lee, Child Passenger Safety Technician Dietra Lee, Child Passenger Safety Technician

Although your child is in a safety seat it does not mean they are safe.

Today local health and safety organizations individually showed parents how to secure their children properly in their safety seats.

If you have a child who is less than five years old and less than 36 inches in height Texas state law requires a properly secured safety seat.

Even so only 1/3 of our children are properly secured putting them at risk of injury or death.

Texas Department of Public Safety's Tracy Tellman says, "I mean kids don't bounce one time on the highway and they are probably not going to live through that and you don't get a second chance to do it right so you want to make sure you do it right the first time every single time."

Although parents are strapping their children in 95% of child safety seats are not installed correctly.

Child Passenger Safety Technician Dietra Lee says,"Everytime they buckle their child in a safety seat in their vehicle they need to make sure it's not moving left to right, back and forth more than an inch and they need to make sure all the harnesses are straight and flat," she says," They can't be twisted or knotted or anything like that. And you want to make sure they are snug on your child according to the manufacters instructions.

Lee says to optimize safety parents should always check to see if their safety seat is listed on a recall list, check its warranty, and practice placing it in the middle of the back seat.

The Amarillo Police Department tells me they have given 341 citations this year for children riding without proper safety restraint...130 more than last year to date.

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