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Yakima Police Making Sure Your Kids Are Safe While in the Car

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A new report from 'Safe Kids Worldwide' finds one in four parents have driven without their children buckled up in car or booster seats.

This week is National Passenger Safety week and the Yakima Police Department wants to help make sure your kids are safe while they are in the car.

Washington state law states children under the age of 13 must ride in the back, and kids younger than eight or shorter than four-foot-nine must sit in a booster seat.

Police said their goal is to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children in a car seat and using the correct seat will reduce infants' and toddler's chances of death in a car accident by 71%.

Police said many car seats are not being used correctly.

"It could be putting them forward facing too early, putting them into a booster too early, or maybe they need to go into a booster or they're ready to make the next step," said Nikki Sandino, Child Passenger Safety Technician for the Yakima Police Department.

The event is at the Dutch Brothers Coffee on Nob Hill Boulevard from 3:00 to 7:00 Wednesday.

You can also make an appointment with the police department to do the check up; they offer this service free and year round.

Every kid that comes through the seat check will receive a free drink from Dutch Brothers Coffee.