House Panel Approves Booster Seat Law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House lawmakers have approved legislation
that would require children under 8 years old to ride in booster
The 68-28 vote on the measure Thursday was largely along party
lines with most Democrats favoring it. The measure now goes to the
Senate for consideration. A similar bill was quashed in the Senate
last year.
Democratic State Rep. Tom Burch of Louisville is sponsoring the
legislation. He said it will save the lives of children.
Kentucky is one of 12 states without a booster seat law.
Burch's bill would require booster seats for children under 8
who are between 40 and 57 inches tall.
The legislation is House Bill 55.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Mom Location: morgan on Feb 26, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    It is great the state wants to protect our children but I just wonder why school buses have no seat belts, headstart buses do but they transport 3 year olds. Something is wrong with this picture. I bet that all of these members of the legislature and the senate have bought into the booster seat companies. That is usually why they pass these laws. I transport my children to school everyday back and forth because of the seatbelts not being on buses but when I make them ride with me on field trips instead of the beltless bus, my children are counted as absent because they are not with their teacher on the ride. But, they will be absent I guess until they get belts on buses.
  • by Linda Location: Lawrenceburg on Feb 25, 2008 at 05:35 PM
    My granddaughter's life or extreme ingury was saved because she was in a booster seat. Regular car seat belts can cause more injury to a child's organs. It is just a matter of how much a person wants to protect their child.
  • by Trish Location: Corbin on Feb 15, 2008 at 11:27 AM
    You can choose not to put your child on the school bus and transport him using a booster seat. It is a shame the state has to make laws to force parents to protect their children. My son is 6 and still uses a booster seat and will do so until it is safe for him to ride in a regular seat belt. Booster seats are extremely inexpensive, you can get one for less than $15 new.
  • by c Location: fkt on Feb 15, 2008 at 06:04 AM
    Like they really care about our children! If they care so much to force parents to purchase booster seats, then why are there no seat belts on school buses? You want to force parents to do something that the government won't even do! While I'm not against booster seats, but who is going to buy them? Parents are having enough trouble buying food & clothing for their children these days & this is just another burden for them to bear! There's already a seat belt law & the state breaks it by not having seat belts on school buses! So if you care so much, then why are there no seat belts on buses? You don't care! You just want to force things on the citizens while the government doesn't have to play by the same rules! I have clips on the selt belts in my car so that my children are strapped in properly, that should be enough! An 7-8 yr olds are big enough to ride in a vehicle without a booster seat! Children 4-6 should have a clip on the seat belt & under 3 in car seats/boosters!
  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Feb 14, 2008 at 03:26 PM
  • by Nana Location: Salvisa on Feb 14, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    I don't know how there are so many baby boomers out there! Don't the lawmakers have anything to worry about. Children at that age are too independent for a booster seat. If a family has 3 or more children how in the world can they haul them around. The expense could be too much for the low income. If the state believes this would benefit the children, the state should implement the seat belt law and booster seats in the school buses.
  • by melissa on Feb 14, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    this booster seat law and the seat belt laws are really stupid you know we put our kids on a school bus with no seat belts but yet we are expected to put them in one in our cars this is messed up


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