Fresno Police crackdown booster seat violations

FRESNO, Calif.

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Six officers with the department patrolled the streets looking for offenders. This is the first time the department has ticketed drivers since the law went into effect.

As of January 1st, kids under 8 years old must be properly buckled into a car seat or booster seat. In addition, children 8 or older - who are not tall enough for the seat belt to fit properly - must ride in a booster. Previously the law required kids to be in safety seats until they were six or sixty-pounds.

Andrew Rochin with the Fresno Police Department said, "What we want the parents to know is what the new law requires. And it requires that your child sit in a safety seat so that the seatbelt fits properly. Meaning the lap belt go across their lap and the shoulder belt going across their chest."

Police say the idea behind the law is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries among children under the age of 14.

Officers say by keeping kids in boosters - it increases their chances of surviving a crash by 45-percent.

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