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8 on Your Side: Car Safety Tips for Holiday Travel

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LAS VEGAS - Forty three million people are expected to travel this year for Thanksgiving. With dangers on the road, 8 on Your Side offers tips before you get behind the wheel.

If you're traveling a long distance and you have kids, you tend to bring several items. Even if you're just going down the street with turkey and fixings in the car, you still have to be careful. Believe it or not, those cans of yams and cranberry sauce can pack a deadly punch.

"Even this light toy that weighs a couple of ounces, you take weight times speed. So, let's say it is one ounce. In a 30-mile-per-hour crash, it's 30 ounces. So, imagine a 30-ounce water bottle hitting her (your child) in the face," said Jeanne Cosgrove with Safe Kids Clark County.

A lot of people will make a deadly decision by trying to jam too many folks in the car and taking their child out of their car seat.

"We have seen people unbuckle the infant seats to make room for other passengers and carry the baby on their lap," Cosgrove said. "That is a huge no-no, because the child isn't restrained at all. They may be in the car seat, but it is not attached. That's the largest mistake we see with infants."

It doesn't really matter if you're just going down the road. Bad wrecks can and do happen all the time.

Wednesday, Safe Kids Clark County is sponsoring a free car seat safety check and install event. The event takes place at Sunrise Children's Hospital between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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