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Local Police Promote Traffic Safety

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EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police are gearing up for their annual traffic safety campaign.

The statewide program called Three Flags looks to reduce the number of deaths from car crashes. Police say there are three major factors that contribute to crash injures: not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and impaired driving.

In 2012, police say there were 64 fatal crashes where people weren’t wearing seatbelts.

“People not using their seat belts on occasion were really good. In Oregon, we’re ranked in 98 percentile, so you know we’re one of the top two states. But car seat safety for the kids, make sure that your child has their child safety seat restrained properly,” said Sgt. Jim Ball, Eugene Police Department.

Infants are required to ride in rear-facing safety seats. Police say if your child is older than a year old, and between 20 and 40 pounds, they must be secured with a forward facing safety seat.

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