Sheriff's office targets safety measures
Public safety Yamhill County joins other law enforcement agencies in effort to encourage use of safety belts and child restraints
By KC Taylor, Graphic intern
The Yamhill County Sheriffs Office is participating in a statewide law enforcement effort to promote the use of safety belts and child restraints.
Beginning May 18 and continuing through May 31, extra patrols will target drivers and passengers who are not using their safety belts, wearing safety belts in an improper manner or failing to use a booster seat for children who are under 4 foot 9 inches. Violators can be fined $110 for each infraction.
Oregon law defines the proper use of a restraint system as a lap belt below the hips and a shoulder belt across the collarbone. Each belt should be free of slack and have no knots or twists.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that toddlers be secured in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2 or until they meet the maximum weight and height requirements for their seat.
The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that the proper use of child restraints increases the survival rate of infants involved in car accidents by 71 percent, while the survival rate for toddlers between the ages of 1 and 4 increases 54 percent. Adults who properly use their safety belts reduce the chances of fatal injury by 45 percent to 65 percent.
A free safety clinic will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. June 6 at the Springbrook Fire Station, 3100 Middlebrook Road. Certified child passenger safety technicians and trained volunteers will check for correct installation, damage, possible recalls and size and age appropriateness of child restraint systems. Safety consultations are available by calling the Newberg Fire Department at 503-537-1231. Information regarding child restraints can be found at www.childsafetyseat.org.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT