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Booster Seats Through Age Eight

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The Minnesota Senate passed a bill this week to require booster seats for kids through age 8. Listening to the exchange, it’s clear that this will protect more children. Shorter kids who aren’t in car seat right now have shoulder belts that extend across their throats. They also have lap belts that ride up their body.

The opponents are focusing on the increased stop issues for officers. But, is it really that much different than the issues that exist with the 4 year old requirement? It just changes the age that they are looking at. The bill also allows the $50.00 fine to be reduced or waived if the problem is remedied in two weeks.

The bills sponsor, Sen. Jim Carlson noted that 44 other states already have such a law and that federal transportation officials offer states incentives to pass the law."We potentially in Minnesota will get $260,000 over the next two years to help provide this education and to also help provide people with booster seats," he said.

I had both of my boys in those seats until they were big enough to sit safely with the seat belts. Both still sit in back. It’s important that they remain in the safest positions if there should ever be a crash.