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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  • by Allen Location: Hazard on Mar 8, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    The price of a booster seat and if lawmakers are going to buy them should not be a concern. I will spend any amount of money if it will protect my children. I believe the bill should be passed.
  • by JoAnn Location: Richmond on Mar 7, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    As a parent safety of your children should come first. Knowing that a booster seat places your child in a safer position to ride in the vehicle should make parents want to do this regardless if they make it into a law requiring parents to do so.
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 7, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    Are the lawmakers going to buy these booster seats? A clip on the seat belt can help too and they are less expensive! The lawmakers don't really care about our children anyway! If they won't make tougher laws on crime against children, then why worry about booster seats! They don't have their priorities straight, that's for sure!


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