Letter to the Editor


Dear Editor:
As a child passenger safety technician, nothing matters more to me more than children riding safely on our roads — and specifically being properly secured in the correct child safety restraint.
National Child Passenger Safety week runs September 16–22, and it serves as a reminder for parents with hectic, on-the-go schedules to stop rushing and make sure they are properly securing their vehicle’s most important cargo — their children. This is especially important as 83 percent of child restraints are used incorrectly in Minnesota. 
Along with a child’s progression through proper safety seat restraints — rear-facing infant seat, forward-facing toddler seats — Minnesota law now requires the use of booster seats for children under 8 years of age or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches tall. Boosters lift a child up to help a seat belt fit properly. It is recommended that you keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather than their age. 
I encourage every parent and caregiver to learn how to safely secure their loved ones in child car seats by attending our Child Car Seat Check-up Clinic at Cornerstone Chevrolet Monticello on September 16th from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Appointments can be made by calling (763)682-7516. 
Jon Young
Wright County Safe 
Communities Program
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