California’s New Booster Law and It’s Potential Impact on Car Safety
So often parents struggle with the exact age of when to start letting their kids not have to sit in a booster seat anymore. For the worried parents, they may tend to leave children in a little longer, while others may opt to have them in regular seat belts at a younger age. Despite what individuals have in mind for their own children, a new law in California for 2012 will certainly have a long impact on establishing a booster seat age and enforcing it for parents.
At the outset of the New Year, parents in California were required to have children under the age of 8 or under 4’9 fastened into a car booster in the back seat. This law will certainly be heavily monitored by the California Highway Patrol, who has come out and said that a failure to comply will lead to strict fines for drivers in the state of California. If both parents are in the car at the time, they could each be cited, as they would be responsible for such an action.
The previous rule for the state of California required children under 6 years old and 60 lbs to be in a car seat; however the new rules were changed to cater to the safety that comes with being in the back seat. Having a law related to the height of the child certainly seems to be more logical, therefore, it’s likely that some other states could follow suit in the near future.
Having children in the car is certainly a major responsibility. With cell phones and other things effected distracted driving in recent years, it’s more important than ever to keep complete focus on safety inside our vehicles in 2012. This starts with heavy attention paid to children and making sure they are properly fastened for riding along, something that California law enforcement and Highway Patrol will certainly be monitoring heavily in 2012 and beyond.
Regardless of what the law means in the long term, its certain to put a spotlight on child car safety in the state of California, as well as others around the country. Any time we can get the government and our communities talking about car safety and children’s safety in general, we can certainly benefit in the long run.
Written by guest blogger, Brooke Kerwin
Brooke Kerwin is a creative writer from Central Michigan University. As an aspiring writer she specializes in writing about safe driving and community issues.
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