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Back-to-school car safety tips

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Back-to-school car safety tips

By Denise Wong. CREATED Aug 18, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Summer break is officially over for many kids who attend private schools here in the valley. 

Those who go to Merryhill Schools are headed back to class today.
 
Its their first day back, which means drivers have to be extra aware of all the kids who will be out and about.
 
At Merryhill, the speed limit is 15 miles an hour when school's in session and the school light is flashing.
 
It's not just street safety, safety advocates want to get the word out about car safety and how parents should make sure they're kids are properly restrained in their cars.
 
They say many kids aren't buckled in correctly, and they're not using booster seats or child car seats when they should be.
 
Nevada law says that if you're child's at least 6 years old and 60 pounds, they don't need to be in a child seat. But that doesn't mean they're safe.
 
Experts say if a kid is not at least 80 pounds or 4' 9' just a safety belt won't work.
 
If kids are too small, they tend wear the safety belt under their arms or behind their back. When they do that, a seat belt could cause injuries if they do get into a crash.
 
Clark county school district schools start in one week.
 
A reminder to drivers, this is the week you'll want to start keeping an eye out at these school zones.

 

Denise Wong

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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.