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Police say surprising amount of people aren't keeping their children safe in cars

Police say surprising amount of people aren't keeping their children safe in cars

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A big problem right now, according to local police, is people aren't keeping their kids safe in the car.

Lt. Tim Williams with the Mishawaka Police Department said they're in the middle of their ticket or click it blitz right now.  He said seatbelt compliance is great, it's at 95 percent.  But what they are seeing that's concerning is a lot of children not properly restrained in cars.

Williams said it seems like people have forgotten about child restraints all together or they don't understand the law.  He said the law states you need some kind of child restraint or booster until you are 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds.

"The children are the most precious cargo on the roadway.  We want to make sure that cargo, those children are protected.  Cause that tragic event would destroy any family, the loss of a child, so we want to prevent that," said Williams.

Williams said, most of the children they are seeing who aren't properly restrained, are 6 to 8 year olds.  He said even at that age they need a booster seat because if they aren't big enough for just the car's seatbelt, the seatbelt isn't going to work and could even cause serious injuries to a kid.
   
"There's nothing that makes my heart break anymore that seeing a child jumping around in the back of a car because I know what can happen to them," said Williams.

If you are caught with children not properly buckled up in a car Williams said it's a 25 dollar fine.  That money goes into a fund to purchase child restraints for people who can't afford them in Indiana.

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