Getting kids to sit still in a car can be tough. Booster seats, which help keep the rascals in place until they’re about six years old and ready for a seat belt, can help. But if Governor Bill Ritter agrees with the state Legislature, a bill requiring booster seats for kids until they are eight years old could become law.
On Tuesday, the Senate readopted a bill, which allows police to pull over vehicles that don’t appear to have children properly restrained, in a 20-15 vote, according to The Associated Press. Currently, children up to age four are required to ride in car seats, and those between four and six must ride in booster seats. Violators could be fined $81, but it was unclear from news reports exactly how police would determine the ages of children in vehicles if they were not carrying identification.
There’s a similar idea floating around in Florida, aimed at kids as old as seven, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, whose editorial was unimpressed with the concept: “Start with the fact that parents, not the Legislature, know their children best, in terms of maturity, behavioral patterns, as well as size and height. So it’s the parents who know how long they need to keep their kids strapped in a booster seat, rather than with a seat belt. They are the best judge of when it is time to move their kid from a car seat to a seat belt. And most know that if the seat belt is across the kid’s neck and not their waist, well, some adjustment needs to be made. They don’t need government to tell them that.”