Booster Seat Bill Shows New Life

Doctors say many children in Kentucky are in harm's way, just because they're not riding in booster seats.

Thursday, a new version of the booster seat bill cleared a significant hurdle in the state senate committee.

A lot of younger kids may put on a seat belt, but doctors say the way they ride isn't safe.

Dr. Susan Pollack says children not in booster seats will often suffer serious liver lacerations or spinal cord injuries in the event of a crash.

"Most 7-year-olds need to be in booster seats. Most 8 and 9-year-olds need to be in booster seats," she said.

Pollack is among the many urging lawmakers to pass some kind of booster seat bill. Booster seat bills introduced in the house typically fail in the Senate.

But Senator Tom Buford says his bill only requires booster seats for kids under the age of 7 and between 40 and 50 inches tall. The house bill that's died three straight times in the senate requires them for kids younger than 8 and up to 57 inches tall.

"Mine has a one year grace period just as we did with the seat belt," Buford said.

Police say, if passed, for the first year they would issue notices only. After that, they would start issuing citations.

If the house version passes, it could help Kentucky land more federal money to assist families in buying seats, but Buford says those funds were never guaranteed.

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