New Kentucky Child Safety Law Takes Effect Wednesday

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On Wednesday, a new child safety seat law is taking effect in Kentucky.

Governor Steve Beshear signed the booster seat bill into law on June 15.

The law requires children younger than eight and between 40 and 57 inches tall to be secured in a booster seat.

Citations with a $30 fine will be issued by law enforcement, although no court costs will be assessed.

Violators will also have the option of purchasing a booster seat instead of paying the fine.

Boosters are intended to lift children up off the vehicle seat to improve the fit of the adult lap and shoulder seatbelt.

An improper fit of the adult safety belt can cause the lap belt to ride up over the stomach and the shoulder belt to cut across the neck.

This improper fit can potentially expose the child to serious abdominal or neck injury.

The lap portion of the belt should fit low on the hips or high on the thighs and the shoulder portion should be snug across the collarbone.

For more information on the law, click here.

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