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General Assembly Gives Final Approval to Booster Seat Changes

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Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law is getting an upgrade.  Final approval came last night at the state Capital. 

The measure increases the height restriction to include any child under 57 inches and applies to children under age eight.  Louisville Representative Steve Riggs says the new standards will protect more children.  "Several hundred accidents a year involving children and it will help make sure that the seat belt, the restraint is in the right place," said Riggs.

Riggs says police can't be expected to catch every violator of the new booster seat requirement.   "We have to have guidelines.  The citizens need guidelines and that's what we do.  Through talking to experts in medical and highway safety and engineering, what's the best thing to promote and that's what laws are for," added Riggs.

Riggs says the original booster seat bill was approved by the state legislature in 2008. 

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.
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