Survey: Parents 18-29 most likely to not buckle child's seatbelt

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 10:27 AM

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children, but a new study shows parents could do more to prevent it.

Child advocacy group Safe Kids Worldwide surveyed more than 1,000 parents, and one in four admitted to sometimes driving without buckling up their kids.

Younger parents, 18 to 29, as well as those with graduate degrees and higher incomes were more likely to cut corners.

“They told us if they were taking a short ride or if they were driving overnight with their kids, or perhaps as a reward they found it was okay not to buckle up for that ride,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.

Since 1987, the number of children dying in motor vehicle crashes has fallen 58 percent. 

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