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Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 19th
The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that a statewide survey found 98% of Oregon’s driving public using seat belts, making Oregon one of the two highest belt use states in the country. Still, in 2012, 61 of Oregon’s 198 occupant fatalities were reportedly unrestrained. During a “Click It or Ticket” campaign May 19th through June 1st, officers from Oregon law enforcement agencies will focus on seat belt use, including proper restraints for child passengers, use in pickup trucks and use during nighttime travel.
For child passengers, Oregon law states the following:
A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat.
A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat.
A child over forty pounds but under age eight or less than 4′ 9″ tall must be restrained in either a child seat with harness system or in a booster seat that raises the child up so that a lap and shoulder belt system fit correctly.
For help with child seats, refer to the seat manufacturer’s instructions, vehicle owner’s manual, or your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations is available online at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or http://oregonimpact.org/car-seat-resources/.