Lawmakers Boost Kids' Booster Seats
At ABC Preschool, teachers show children how to be safe on the playground. A new law could help them be safe on the road.
ABC Director Elonda Blanchard looks for ways to protect students, but she said parents may have a problem with the proposed law.
"I think that there are going to be a lot of parents that are not going to want to buy the booster seats," she said. "They're going to be pretty upset about it."
The bill requires children 4-7 years old to use booster seats in vehicle, said Sen. Chris Koster, because seat belts alone won't protect them.
"The seatbelt, which is designed for adults, tends to catch a young child across the throat and across the mid-abdomen region," he explained.
Blanchard said buying seats will be inconvenient for parents, but there's a more important consideration.
"This being a safety issue, I think the Senate is doing all that they can to protect the children," she added, "and that's the bottom line."
Experts said check height restrictions when buying a booster seat to make sure it's the right size for your child.
If Gov. Blunt signs the bill, the law will take effect in September.