National Child Passenger Safety Week

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week, police are cracking down on child safety inside vehicles.

Car crashes were the No. 1 killer for kids ages 1 to 12 in the United States up until recently.

"We are going to be looking for child safety seat violations and they might be easier to spot than most people suspect," said Sgt. Steve Carbajal of the Tempe Police Department. "Sometimes we'll see kids standing up on the seat or moving around the car, so that's obviously a good indicator that something's wrong inside."

Thirty-one percent of parents don't even restrain their children in vehicles, according to police.

"We see a lot of misuse when it comes to child safety restraints," Carbajal said.

If your child is an infant or between the ages of 1 and 4, they need to be in a child safety seat. If your child is between the ages of 5 and 7, they should be in a booster seat as long as they are not above 4 feet 9 inches tall.

National Child Passenger Safety Week will continue until Sept. 20.