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Zero Fatalities School Year for Children program kicks off Education Week

Zero Fatalities School Year for Children program kicks off Education Week

By Denise Wong. CREATED Aug 18, 2014
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many students who attend private schools in Clark County will be heading back for the first day of classes on Monday.  
And in one week, about 320,000 students in the Clark County School District will begin school again. That's why safety advocates want to get the word out today about school zones, street safety, and car safety. 
To kick off the Zero Fatalities School Year for Children program this week, experts in occupant protection will join UMC Pediatric Trauma staff for an informational education session on Monday.
They will be demonstrating to the media how parents should be transporting their kids in the car.  
They say many parents don't understand how restraint systems work in the vehicle and assume that because Nevada's child seat law says after age six, if your child weighs 60 pounds or more, they can be in a seat belt, that their children are safe riding belted at this point.  
But experts say that can give a false sense of security because many times children are riding in a seat belt that does not fit them, which puts their lives in danger. 
Children riding with a shoulder belt that doesn't fit often place the belt under their arms or behind their backs.
When the belt is not used properly, it places all the force in a crash on the buckle, which sits right over the liver and has the potential to cause bodily damage in a collision. 
Safety advocates say that children belong in a booster or belt positioning seat until they are 4'9" tall and weigh over 80 pounds.  
This week, parents are being advised to check on how their children sit in their vehicles to make sure they seat belt fits optimally.  
Drivers are also being told to start watching for children and school speed zones now that classes are starting or about to start at valley schools. 
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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.