New booster seat law in effect for kids under age 8 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/1/09

New booster seat law in effect for kids under age 8

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One of the new Texas laws going into effect September 1st, in particular, has parents and daycares scrambling to buy booster seats.

Starting Tuesday, any child under the age of eight is required by law to sit in a child safety seat, unless the child is at least 4'9" tall. And if parents don't shell out the money now to buy one, they could end up paying more if caught without it.

The kids in Renee Polvado's first grade class don't like the idea of having to sit a booster seat again because they all fall under 4'9", or 57 inches, the height they have to be if they are younger than 8 years old.

Trinity Christian School had an orientation Tuesday to inform parents of the new regulations. Polvado says many parents didn't even know about the law, "They were real surprised and kind of thrown off that they would have to put their kids in a car seat or booster at this age."

Daycares like Cradle to Crayons also have to accommodate for the new law. Center Manager Heather Jones says they had to buy 15 new booster seats for the kids who didn't use one in the past, but says it's for the best. "Because some of them are not lap belts they're over the shoulder, you can keep it from hitting right here. It makes it easier to keep it from, in case of an accident, from hitting them in the neck, so yeah it does make it safer," she says.

If caught without the proper child safety seat, the first offense will cost you $25 and then $250 for the second, but Corporal John Gonzalez with the Texas Department of Public Safety says the new law is there to save lives. "Unfortunately here in Lubbock, here lately since the beginning of the year, we've had at least ten kids that were ejected that needed to be in some kind of safety restraint system."

For a complete list of the new Texas laws that take effect Tuesday, click on the link below.

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