PERU — Indiana State Police want to remind all parents that Feb. 13-19 is National Child Passenger Safety Week.

Since approximately 85 percent of child safety seats are being misused nationally, parents are encouraged to take a few extra minutes and examine their child’s safety seat to ensure it is installed properly. Placing children in age appropriate restraint systems reduces serious and fatal injuries by more than 50 percent, statistics show.

To help ensure that children travel safely, the Indiana State Police will maintain a “zero tolerance” for child restraint and seat belt violations. Starting Sunday and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 19, ISP will have extra troopers participating in Operation Pull Over. Troopers will be aggressively looking for seat belt and child restraint violations.

Indiana law requires children to be in a rear-facing child safety seat until they’re 1-year-old and 20 pounds. A child that is at least 1-year-old and 20 pounds can be restrained in a forward facing car seat until 40 pounds, whereas children between 40 and 80 pounds should be restrained in a belt-positioning booster seat. A child that is at least 8 years of age but less than 16 years of age also is required to be restrained by a seat belt or child restraint system. The child restraint law pertains to all vehicles and seating positions.

In addition, Indiana State Police at the Peru District will conduct child safety seat inspections to ensure the devices are being used correctly. Any parent wanting their child safety seat inspected should contact the Peru District at (765) 473-6666 or (800) 382-0689 and make an appointment. Troopers will inspect child seats and point out problems. They will not have car seats to issue.

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