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Douglas County Sheriffs to strictly enforce new seat belt laws

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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.

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