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Click It Or Ticket Starts Monday

Click it or Ticket starts Monday and runs through the first of June in Oklahoma.  I’ve always worn my seat belt but got into the habit of ALWAYS wearing it (even in the back seat) after going on and off military bases.  Now, everyone belts up in our car or the car doesn’t move.

Here are specific laws about Buckling Up in OK:

Seat Belts Drivers and their front-seat passengers must be contained by an appropriate safety system or seat belt when riding in a vehicle. Law enforcement officials can pull over a vehicle simply because they spot someone inside the vehicle violating this law. Drivers can be nailed with a $20 ticket per infraction. They will also be responsible for the fine for any passengers under 16 years old violating this rule.

Child Safety Seats Children under 6 years old must be restrained in a federally-approved safety seat when riding in a vehicle. Children at least 6 years old but younger than 13 years old must be restrained by an appropriate safety system or seat belt. When looking for a car seat, be sure it matches your child’s height, weight and age.

How do I choose a child safety seat? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ride rear-facing in an infant carrier or convertible car seat from birth until the child reaches the height and weight specified by the child safety seat manufacturer. Children should remain rear-facing until they are 2 years of age.

After your child has outgrown his/her rear-facing car seat, he/she may ride in a forward-facing seat (combination seat or booster seat). A forward-facing seat with an internal harness should be used until the child reaches the harness weight limit indicated by the manufacturer. The minimum weight is 40 pounds. Seat belts are made for persons who are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall. Your child should ride in a belt-positioning booster until the vehicle seat belt fits correctly (usually around 8 years of age): The shoulder belt should lie on the collar bone and across the middle of the chest. The lap belt should be snug and lie across the upper thighs/pelvic bones, not across the stomach. The child should be able to sit with his/her back against the vehicle seat back with his/her knees bent comfortably over the vehicle seat with his/her feet on the floor.

If you have additional questions, or you would like to make an appointment to have a child safety seat checked by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, please call Safe Kids Oklahoma (405) 945-6709.  Want more about safety in your vehicle?  Check out more Oklahoma Safety Laws.

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