The Colorado Department of Transportation and the State Patrol are participating in National Child Passenger Safety Week which started yesterday and will run through Saturday. As part of the week CDOT is raising awareness about child passenger safety laws and the importance of properly protecting children with booster seats and seat belts. Last year in Colorado eight children under the age of 12 died in car crashes. 6 of the 8 that died were not properly restrained. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children under the age of 13 in the United States. According to numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as 3 out of 4 children are improperly restrained while in cars, dramatically increasing their risk of injury or death. In an effort to promote child passenger safety, CDOT has launched a website with educational materials and videos for Colorado drivers.