$164 Fine If 7-Year-Old Not In Booster Seat
Colorado Law Enforced Starting Aug. 1
Starting now, police are giving you another reason to make sure your child is safely buckled in the car. A controversial booster-seat law is now being enforced - and, if you don't comply, you could pay up.
The streets of Colorado are undergoing a change. "It's been proven that children under the age of eight that are in a child seat survive crashes a whole lot more than if they're in a seat-belt that's designed for an adult," Sgt. Dave Stassen with the Grand Junction Police Department said.
If you're caught with a child under eight not in a booster seat, you could face up to a $164 ticket. "If a ticket is written in the state court, it's an $82 fine. If you're inside the city limits of Grand Junction and the ticket that you get is in municipal court, it's $164," Stassen explained.
Sgt. Stassen says Grand Junction took advantage of a provision allowing them to set a higher fee amount. "We're taking this very seriously and it's a primary offense meaning that we can pull you over if we suspect you're breaking the law."
Most parents agree with the law that pushes the required age from six to eight. "If it's about safety and it's based on facts [then] I think it's a good thing," Brandy Boggess said.
"I think it's wise. I really do," Tawna Curry said. "The adults need to be aware of what's going on with their kids in the vehicle to begin with. Kids always come first."
But, some parents don't agree. "I think it's completely unnecessary. I have three kids in an SUV and I can only fit three in my backseat. So, to have all three in car seats, it's kind of a hassle," Kimberly Martin said.
Law enforcement, though, maintains that this is a good idea based on data. "Personally, I have never, in 20 years, ever had to unbuckle a seriously injured child. So, they work and we need to use them," Sgt. Stassen said.
In fact, in the state of Colorado, car accidents are the leading cause of death among kids 12 and under according to a report. A similar study noted that 45% of kids properly restrained survive."
And, whether they agree with it or not, most parents say that they will abide by the law. "I think it's reasonable," Curry explained. "I'm all for it.
"The safest we can be is a good thing," Boggess said.
"If you break the law, you get in trouble. And, I don't feel like being in court," Martin said.
Many parents we spoke with are much more in favor of a law that has height and weight restrictions rather than age. But, most agree that this will be a good thing in the long run.
For more information about this law, visit this website.
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