By Sheriff Scott Henriod WPCSO

If you have ever been involved in a motor vehicle accident, seen one happen or observed the after affects you know how violent they can be.

In 2017 (statistics haven’t been finalized yet) it was reported that there were 287 fatal motor vehicle accidents for the state of Nevada. 63 of those fatal accidents were reported that the occupant that died was unrestrained. In other words they weren’t wearing their seatbelts.

The state of Nevada requires all occupants riding inside a motor vehicle to wear a seatbelt. If the occupant is a child, the law states that if they are younger than 6 years old and weigh less than 60 lbs. they must ride in an approved safety system. Children are generally safest riding in the back seat.

In fact vehicles that are equipped with a front seat air bag, infants should always ride in the backseat. Make sure you always follow the car seat safety seat instructions on how to properly install an infant car seat or other safety seat for you child.

Remember once you get your children safely seat belted in now it’s your turn. You always want to arrive at your destination safely and together. Remember to always buckle up that seatbelt, it does save lives and prevents injuries.