CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - A child died in a car wreck just days ago on Independence Boulevard. Police say the six year old boy wasn't "properly restrained in a child seat."
This is just one example of a trend that's grabbing the attention of police, the Department of Transportation, and medical staff.
"There have been numerous childhood deaths in the past few months related to car accidents," said James Young, a pediatric emergency medicine fellow.
In fact, at the Levine Children's emergency department, a third of the kids involved in car accidents over the past few weeks were not wearing seatbelts.
Colleen Vasko, a mother of two young girls, says seatbelts are a big part of her day.
"We use them 30 times a day in and out of the car, especially when we're running errands. Each kid has a little bit of a different nuance to the way the seatbelt needs to be on, the position of the seatbelt, the way the seat should be facing, the size of the seat, the size of the child," said Colleen Vasko.
Experts say every child under 2 needs to be in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat. From 2-5, a front-facing car seat is recommended.
At 5, move to a booster seat until the seatbelt lies across the thigh and shoulder. They say children should not move to the front seat until they're 12.
"When you're busy and going in and out, sometimes it's easy to want to not check everything three times, but it’s worth every minute of it if it's going to save them in the long run if something were to happen," said Vasko.
We're told CMPD has been recently giving out more seatbelt citations. The department of transportation reports one third of the accidents they've recently handled have also involved people not wearing their seatbelts.
Bottom line: before you hit the road, take some time to click it.