Thursday, August 6, 2015

Agencies raise awareness about booster seats

One of many new laws that went into effect this summer is of particular importance to parents of young children. As of June 24th, children younger than 8 and between 40 and 57 inches tall must be secured in a booster seat. Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer Jamie Fields explained the change.

According to Partners for Child Passenger Safety, more than 90% of 4 to 8-year-old children who were seriously injured in a crash were not restrained in a booster seat. The bill requires law enforcement officers to issue citations with a $30 fine with no court costs. In addition, violators will have the option to purchase a booster seat instead of paying the fine.