The number of children properly restrained in vehicles declined last year in Storm Lake for the second year in a row, according to a study released this week.
Findings show that only 66.3 percent of children observed were properly restrained in 2002; down from 73.9 percent in 2001. Storm Lake's high was 80.1 percent in 2000.
The study is done annually by the Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa. Researchers observed a total of 4,893 children under age 6, of which 3,727 were judged properly restrained, for a state average of 76.2 percent. That's down from last year's all-time high of 79.2 percent.
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