There's a new law taking effect September 1st that we parents all need to be aware of.
It's SB 61 and it amends the existing statute regarding child passenger safety seats.
The bill requires that any child younger than 8 years of age be restrained in an approved child passenger safety seat unless the child is at least 4'9" in height.
The fine is no more than $25 for a first offense and $250 for a second offense. The law also creates a new court cost for conviction of an offense under this section to be collected and used by TxDOT to buy safety seats for low income families. The law becomes effective on Sept. 1, 2009, but tickets for this offense cannot be issued until June 1, 2010. Police officers are allowed to issue a warning before that date.
I'm all for laws that save children's lives. I have a pretty tall 7 year old but she's not 4'9" so we are back to a booster seat and she's not happy about it!
I'll be buying mine this weekend to make sure they don't run out. I have no desire to even get pulled over for a warning.