One in four parents admit to driving without securing child

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A new report by "Safe Kids Worldwide" finds one in four parents has driven without properly securing their child in the car.

This means the child didn't use a seatbelt, car seat or booster seat.

It's a statistic that has safety experts worried. The study found that parents who are younger, have higher incomes and higher levels of education were the worst offenders. This group was most likely to let their kids ride unbuckled during drives.

The parents who admitted to not buckling in their kids offered several excuses. They said they were "lax" on using seatbelts when they weren't driving far, when they were in a rush, while traveling through the night or when they were "rewarding" a child.

Car seats and booster seats should be used for children during the first several years of their lives. Safety experts say they should be used until a child is about 4 feet 9 inches tall and weighs between 80 and 100 pounds.

If you're not sure if your child is properly secured in their car seat, "Safe Kids Worldwide" is holding a "checkup" event on Saturday September 21. The event will be held at the Palm Beach County branch of "Safe Kids" which is located at 2001 W. Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach. It starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m.

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