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"You Must Be This Tall to Ride" Campaign

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the United States.

North Dakota is celebrating 30 years of car seats this year.

It's also National Child Passenger Safety Week.

Stephanie Scheurer has the details on how to keep your child safe when riding in the car.

(Nat: "You snap my bottom. I'll snap the bottom. Good job.")

Times have changed from the days of being a little tike and riding on your dads lap in the driver's seat.

The North Dakota Department of Health is kicking off the "You Must Be This Tall to Ride" campaign.

This message is similar to what you would see before going on a carnival ride.

This time, it pertains to riding in a seat belt.

"I think a lot of people don't know that their child should ride in a booster seat longer and many people think it's a baby seat. But it's actually very important because if a child goes into a seatbelt premature, the seatbelt won't fit them correctly and it's not going to be able to do the correct job for restraining the child in a crash," says Dawn Mayer, Director, Child Passenger Safety Program.

The North Dakota Department of Health recommends children ride in booster seats until they are about four feet nine inches tall or until the seatbelt fits them correctly.

So, how do kids feel about this?

"I think because we've done it, you know, since they were little, it's not so difficult. It's just, they know that's the rule, you have to wear one. And so pretty good about it for the most part."

"She's been doing it since she was very little and she knows the routine that she has to be buckled in every time."

"There's so much available for caregivers and parents to use to protect their children. We're motivated to get the message out so that parents can utilize these restraints out there and we want to reduce injury and deaths to children due to motor vehicle crashes because we can," says Mayer.

After all, safety doesn't happen by accident.

In Bismarck for KX News, I'm Stephanie Scheurer.

For more information about this campaign or child passenger safety, you can contact Dawn Mayer at the North Dakota Department of Heath at 701-328-4536.

More guidelines on when your child is ready for an adult seatbelt are also posted on our website at www.kxnet.com.

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