Ga. House Passes Bill Raising Age for Car Seat

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia parents may soon be required to use a car
seat for their 6- and 7-year-old children.

Under current law, children under 6 years old have to be in a child restraint, but a bill passed by the Georgia House on Tuesday raises that to any child under 8. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Alan Powell, a Republican from Hartwell, includes an exemption for children under 8 who are at least 4 feet, nine inches or 40 pounds.

The first violation would carry a fine of up to $50. A second violation has a fine of up to $100.

Critics said the legislation is a "nanny bill" and the state shouldn't tell parents how to raise children. Powell said the bill will help give parents safety guidelines and prevent severe injuries and deaths.

The measure got a 129-43 vote. The bill now goes to the Senate.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Barbara Location: Florida on Mar 2, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    Why don't yall pass a bill that requires a strait jacket for the child, so he want unbuckle his car seat, so he can get out of it, to get something he dropped on the floor.Do you honestly think they're going to stay in a car seat and them 6 or 7 years old ? I've seen some BIG 6 and 7 year old kids, 2 car seats would take up the whole back seat.The seat belts need to be designed different in cars.
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