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Kentucky parents face fines under new car seat law

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KENTUCKY (FOX19/AP) -

Kentucky's new booster seat law is going into effect, and officials are reminding motorists to make sure young passengers meet the new requirements.

The old law required children younger than 7 years and 40 to 50 inches tall to ride in a booster seat, but the law changes Wednesday to raise the age to 8 years and increase the height requirement to 40 to 57 inches.

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

Any drivers caught violating the law will face a $30 fine, although no court costs will be assessed. Violators will have the option to purchase a booster seat instead of paying the fine.

According to Partners for Child Passenger Safety, more than 90 percent of 4 to 8-year-old children who were seriously injured in a crash were not restrained in a booster seat.

Boosters help adult seatbelts fit small children more effectively by lifting the child out of the seat. The lap portion of the belt should fit low on the hips or high on the thighs and the shoulder portion of the belt should be snug across the collarbone.

Learn more about booster seats here.

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