Child passenger safety week begins


Sunday marks the beginning of child passenger safety week across the country. 

According to the national highway traffic safety administration, car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one to 13. 

The NHTSA said nearly half of all car seats are not used properly, and many times, deaths could have been prevented if the car seat was being used appropriately. 

Local police departments like Westfield, Southwick and Amherst are working to combat this. They have officers that will inspect car seats to make sure they are installed properly.

Amherst police say although the child passenger safety week campaign is taking pace now, their certified child passenger safety technicians are always available to inspect and install safety restraints.

The NHTSA said parents should be good role models and always wear their seat belts in the car. This strongly influences whether your child will buckle up in the future. 

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