Starting Sept. 15, Troy Police will join with other law enforcement around the state in a focused effort to protect young passengers for a Child Passenger Safety Week campaign.

From Sept. 15-21, Troy will crack down on Missouri’s child safety law violators to reduce highway fatalities and injuries to children.

Missouri law requires all children under the age of 8 to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80 pounds or 4’9” tall.

Car crashes are one of the leading killers of kids. The proper use of a booster seat can reduce the risk of serious injury by 44 percent for children aged 4-8 years when compared to a standard seat belt by itself. Using the proper child safety seat provides children with the greatest opportunity to survive a crash.

Troy Police Chief Jeff Taylor said a regular child safety seat and a safety belt are the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

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