Here’s what you need to know if you drive kids in cars.
As of August first the child passenger safety law went into effect.
It basically it extends the age of your child required to ride in a child restraint by one year.
Children under the age of 8 must ride in either a booster seat or car seat, unless they are 4 foot 9 or taller whereas, before it was age 7.
State child passenger safety program director, Dawn Mayer says the old law was from 10 year’s ago and it needed to be cleaned up.
“So what they are doing is removing the weight requirement as height is more important when you evaluated how a seat belt will fit on the body.”
Mayer says laws don’t always reflect best practices.
She says best practice is that children remain in a booster or car seat until they are 4 foot 9.
That generally happens between the ages of 8 to 12.