Lawmakers Boost Kids' Booster Seats

1 decade 2 years 2 months ago Thursday, March 29 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 4:34:18 PM CDT March 29, 2007 in News

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.

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