- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Better buckle up, Elkhart County.

Officers from the Elkhart County Traffic Safety Partnership have increased patrols, targeting parents who are not properly restraining their children from birth through age 12, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.

Appropriate car restraints include rear-facing seats, forward-facing seats, booster seats and seat belts, depending on the age and size of the child. If you are unsure which car seat is right for your child visit safercar.gov.

Many child safety seats are not properly installed and unable to protect the child, according to the release.

Officers will also target people of all ages who are not wearing seat belts.

“By educating and encouraging the public to use seat belts and child restraints, officers are hoping to reduce the chance of serious injury and death to motorists of all ages traveling on the roadway,” stated the release.

Increased patrols will continue through the end of the July.

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