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MASON CITY, Iowa – According to USA Today, 1 in 5 parents aren’t buckling up their kids when they run errands around town.
Some parents believe that it’s okay not to buckle up their child on shorter trips and to Gina Blake, mother of eight, this new finding was a shock..
“Parents these days don’t understand that that’s child endangerment,” Blake said. “To fathom that a parent would not buckle their child in?”
Iowa State Patrol Sergeant, Richard Pierce, says that this finding isn’t all that shocking to him since this is something he sees all the time.
“It has to do with your familiarity to the area” he said. “You stop at the same stop sign all the time and although you may have stopped there a thousand times, eventually it’s easy to become complacent.”
Familiarity with an area doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re safer.
According to Iowa State Patrol, accidents are more likely to happen within a 1 to 5 miles radius of a home rather than further away
With most errands being around the immediate are of most people’s homes, this statistic just proves to Blake that she won’t take any chances.
“I always buckle them up before we even leave the garage, I double check.”
She teaches her children how to buckle their seat belts themselves but even with her watchful instructions, still makes sure that their seat belt is, and stays buckled.