Police target seat belt, booster seat usage
Local law enforcement agencies, including the Fairview and Gresham police departments and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, will participate in a nationwide 'Click It or Ticket' enforcement blitz from today to Sunday, Aug. 29-Sept. 11, with a focus on seat belt and booster seat use by children.
In Oregon during 2009, observed booster seat use was only 58 percent among children ages 4 to 8, according to a news release. One third of children in this age group who were killed or injured in crashes last year were not using booster seats. Child safety seats reduce the likelihood of an infant or toddler being killed in a vehicle crash.
The Oregon Child Restraint Law says a person who is younger than 1, regardless of weight, or a person who weighs 20 pounds or less must be properly secured with a child-safety system in a rear-facing position. A person who weighs 40 pounds or less must be properly secured in a child-safety system.
A person more than 40 pounds and 4 foot 9 inches or shorter must be properly secured with a child-safety system that elevates the person so that a safety belt properly fits them.
'Properly fits' means the lap belt of the safety belt of the safety harness is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt is positioned over the collarbone and away from the neck.