Booster Seat Bill Clears Senate Committee

View Comments
Booster Seats
Legislative Session Coverage
Your Holiday Hints
Holiday Season

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — A bill requiring that children up to age 7 be in a booster seat when in a car has cleared a Senate Committee.

The measure (SB 196) has exceptions for children who are particularly tall, but is aimed at preventing deaths or injuries to children who are too big for a car seat, but aren’t big enough to be well restrained by an adult seat belt.

“The belt is across their neck or the abdomen,” said bill sponsor Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera.

The measure would give breaks to first time offenders and allow them to get a booster seat to get out of paying a ticket. That’s a nod to opponents, who have said the bill is an over-reach by government.

“We’ve tried to keep this as non-intrusive as possible,” said Altman before the bill was approved 8-2 by the Senate Transportation Budget Subcommittee.

Voting against it were Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale and Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker.

The bill goes now to the full Budget Committee.

“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,904 other followers