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Mississippi ranks #1 in unrestrained child deaths

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A new study shows a disturbing trend among children involved in deadly car crashes and the data shows adults are not buckling them in like they should.

The study conducted by the Journal of Pediatrics says in 38 percent of deadly car crashes, involving children, they were unrestrained or improperly restrained.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says motorist out on the road would be a lot safer if they slowed down and buckled up.

This latest study shows Mississippi is first among all states when it comes to not properly protecting kids when we put them in the car.

Every time Rebekah Bert brings her children in the car, she knows to always make sure they're put in their child seats correctly.

"Then I know if someone were to hit me or we run into something, I know they're going to be safe and the car seat is going to do what it's supposed to do," said Bert.

Captain Johnny Poulos of the Mississippi Highway Patrol says responding to deadly wrecks involving children is the hardest part of his job. He still struggles with why parents don't take the time to buckle their kids up right.

"We should never be so distracted or have so many things going on in our life where we are not properly restraining our children," said Poulos. "That is a huge responsibility. We have their lives, basically in our hands."

The Journal of Pediatrics says by cutting unrestrained traffic fatalities by 10%, it could save 232 children a year.   

"Were asking people, 'do your research. Get the proper child restraint seat and just buckle the children up," added Poulos. 

"I've seen a lot of kids that aren't buckled in to safety harnesses or buckled properly," said Bert. "So they can get their arms out, which can cause problems in car crashes."

To have a certified car seat technician make sure you're buckling in your kids properly, visit Safe Kids in Clinton, or any Madison Fire Department.

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