A new law taking effect August 28th is aimed at keeping children safer when they’re riding in vehicles. The new law passed this year by the General Assembly requires that passengers ages four through seven be secured in booster seats. Scott Turner with the State Transportation Department says the prior law covering kids in cars required any child under the age of four to be strapped into a child safety seat. That rule remains. But he says there is a need for added safety for kids four-years-old and older – kids who are not big enough to be comfortably secure in a regular safety belt. There are exceptions for bigger children who weigh at least 80 pounds or are at least 4-feet-9-inches tall before the age of eight. They are allowed to ride while secured only by a seatbelt.
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