FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed legislation
aimed at improving safety for child passengers in Kentucky. Senate Bill
120 requires that children younger than 7 and between 40 and 50 inches tall be secured in a booster seat.
"Booster seats are proven to be effective at saving young lives. This
bill provides a reasonable approach to help achieve our ultimate goal of
saving lives and reducing injuries. I commend the Kentucky Senate and
House for their effort on this important issue," said Gov. Beshear.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a
properly installed, belt-positioning booster seat lowers the risk of
injury to children by nearly 60 percent, compared with seat belts alone.
The bill requires law enforcement officers to issue "courtesy warnings"
for violations until 2009, after which there will be a $30 fine with no
court costs. In addition, violators will have the option to purchase a
booster seat instead of paying the fine.
"This legislation will help ensure Kentucky children are better
protected on our roadways," said Transportation Secretary Joe Prather.
Prather encouraged those who want guidance on proper booster seat
installation to contact the cabinet's highway safety office at
1-888-374-8768. Information about child seats and other safety issues
can also be found online at www.highwaysafety.ky.gov.