Children between 40 inches and 57 inches tall and younger than 9 years old would have to ride in a booster seat in
under a bill that cleared a House
committee on Tuesday. Kentucky
Current state law requires children under 7 years old who are between 40 inches and 50 inches tall to ride in a booster seat. Democratic state Rep. Steve Riggs said studies have shown that seat belts do not fit correctly on children shorter than 57 inches, which can cause serious injury in a collision. Riggs noted that every state that borders
has updated their laws to 57
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said in his annual State of the Commonwealth address the bill was a top priority in his final year as governor. Similar efforts in previous years have failed to pass the legislature.