Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Booster seat bill clears House committee

Children between 40 inches and 57 inches tall and younger than 9 years old would have to ride in a booster seat in Kentucky under a bill that cleared a House committee on Tuesday.

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 Kentucky has updated their laws to 57 inches.

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.