Today Begins Enforcement Phase Of New Child Booster Seat Law
Enforcement of a new law that requires more children than ever to be buckled into booster seats begins today.
Starting today, law enforcement officers can issue citations for violations of the recent changes to the child passenger safety law.
The law requires all children younger than eight years old – unless already taller than 4’9” – to be in an appropriate child safety seat anywhere the child rides in a passenger vehicle.
Under the law, a passenger vehicle is defined as a passenger car designed to transport not more than 10 occupants, including the driver. This includes a truck, light truck, truck tractor, sport utility vehicle and a passenger van designed to transport not more than 15 occupants, including the driver.
The law also requires that all safety seat systems – safety or booster seats and safety vests – be installed according to the manufacturers’ instructions, including age, height, weight requirements and the proper placement in the vehicle. Some manufacturers prohibit using their products on the front seats of vehicles.
The new legislation was passed last year and went into effect on September 1, 2009. Officers could only issue verbal or written warnings for the first nine months, but now the enforcement phase is in effect.
Fines are $25 to $250 plus court costs, which can be much more than the cost of a safety or booster seat.