Child passenger safety will be the focus of a Safe and Sober campaign during Valentine's Day week.
The Brainerd Police Department will have extra patrols on duty during the week, working saturation patrols concentrating on the safety of children in vehicles.
While statistics show that a majority of people killed or seriously injured in crashes are not wearing seat belts, the danger is greater for children. Up to 69 percent of child fatalities and severe injuries in Minnesota could've been prevented with the proper use of a child safety restraint.
Young children weighing 40-80 pounds need a booster seat to be properly restrained. Nationally, about 6.1 percent of booster-size children are using a booster seat correctly secured by the seat belt.
Here is a child safety seat use chart for infants, toddlers and young children:
* For infants, from birth to 1 year and up to 20-22 pounds, an infant-only or rear-facing convertible should be used. An infant should always be in a rear-facing seat with the harness straps at or below shoulder level.
* For toddlers, older than a year and between 20-40 pounds, the seat position should be forward-facing. Harness straps should be at or above the shoulders. Most seats require top slot for forward-facing seats.
* For young children, from 40 pounds to 80 pounds, a belt-positioning booster seat should be used, facing forward. Belt positioning booster seats must be used with both lap and shoulder belts. Lap belts should be fitted low and tight across the lap/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt should fit snug across the chest and shoulder to avoid abdominal injuries.
All children 12 and under should ride in the back seat.
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