Douglas County Sheriffs to strictly enforce new seat belt laws
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to educate the public about safety belt and child seat laws, including a newly passed law increasing safety for children under age two.
From August 21 through September 3, deputies will be working special overtime that is federally funded and administered by ODOT.
A new Oregon law for children under age two requires they use a child seat with harness in a rear-facing position, unless the child turned one year of age prior to May 26, 2017.
A child over age two, or who turned one year of age prior to the date stated above, must continue to ride in a car seat with a harness, or in a booster until they reach age 8 or 4'9" in height.
The new law, which extends the rear-facing requirement from the previous age of one to age two, will better protect the child's head, neck, and spine from potential crash injuries.