Campaign Focuses on Child Safety and Booster Seats - KFYRTV.COM - Bismarck, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Campaign Focuses on Child Safety and Booster Seats

Posted: Updated:

You must be this tall to ride with just a seat belt, in a car that is. The North Dakota Department of Health, Transportation and Triple AAA want you to think twice about buckling up your child without a booster seat. As part of National Child Safety week, the campaign has new posters and slogans to educate parents and caretakers on using booster seats.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of two and fourteen, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. North Dakota Law requires children under the age of seven or who are not four feet and nine inches tall to ride in a booster seat. Yet, the Department of Health says not all parents are following those guidelines.

"In 2012, we observed approximately 70 children between the ages of seven and ten that were all riding in seat belts. And at this age, they really need to be in booster seats," says Dawn Mayer, Department of Health.

Doctors say parents should follow the height requirement rather than the age, because children who prematurely use a seat belt are at risk for serious health issues in the event of a crash.

"If a child is riding without a booster seat and they have a shoulder belt across their neck, upon impact it will cause a significant injury. Likewise, if it's across their belly or hips it can cause internal damage," says Dr. Todd Twogood, Sanford Health.

Some parents say they see the benefit of using a booster seat.

"My two kids here have older siblings and they are used to being in car seats. It's something that we encourage, because safety should be first," says parent Shannon Ray.

The penalty for violating the booster seat law is a $25 fine and one point on your driver's license. And regardless of whether your child needs a booster or not, your child should still ride in the back seat.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • On The Farm: Oil Boom Creates Farming Challenges

    On The Farm: Oil Boom Creates Farming Challenges

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:32:16 GMT
    The oil boom has created tremendous benefits for North Dakota. But it's also created challenges for other industries.A lack of rail service has created huge backlogs for farmers and commodity elevators
    A lack of rail service has created huge backlogs for farmers and commodity elevators trying to get their products to market. A majority of the trains are being used to transport oil.
  • Energy Leaders Discuss Carbon Rules

    Energy Leaders Discuss Carbon Rules

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:23:56 GMT
    Energy leaders from N and S Daktoa will be meeting in Bismarck tomorrow to disucss the EPA CO2 rules.
    Energy leaders from N and S Daktoa will be meeting in Bismarck tomorrow to disucss the EPA CO2 rules.
  • Judge Overturns Six-Week Abortion Ban

    Judge Overturns Six-Week Abortion Ban

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-04-16 22:20:43 GMT
    One of the most talked about issues to come out of the last legislative session has been silenced. A federal district judge blocked North Dakota's ban on abortion as early as six-weeks of pregnancy. The
    One of the most talked about issues to come out of the last legislative session has been silenced.
  • TOOLBOX

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFYR. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.