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Grace period for new child car seat law to expire soon

Child Car Seat Coalition in Douglas County (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The grace period is running out for a car seat law that went into effect in Oregon last year aimed at protecting your little ones.

Last May, the governor signed a law that requires children to be in a rear-facing car seat until their second birthday, one year longer than the previous requirement.

Oregon State Police are reminding drivers the law is there to save a child's life.

"Young children have a large head compared to their body mass and therefore, their neck and head are more susceptible to injuries,” explained OSP Trooper Mark Moore. “When they are forward-facing, those injuries are what we see - those kinds of injuries in the neck and head."

Violators could be cited with a Class D traffic violation.

The grace period for the child seat law ends May 24.

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