New booster seat law in Kentucky

By Corey McConnell - bio | email

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) -- A new law takes effect in Kentucky on Tuesday that could have your little ones back in the booster.

Until now, in the Commonwealth any child under 40 inches tall had to ride in a booster seat, but now, any child under the age of seven and under 50 inches tall will find themselves back in a booster.

"A booster seat helps position the seat belt ideally across the child who hasn't developed to what a seatbelt recommendation really are," says Capt. Tony Scheben with the Hebron Fire Department.

A seat belt should sit on a child exacly where it fits on an adult.

"Don't put the belt behind them because it's uncomfortable or not sitting right. If its not sitting right, they need to be in a booster seat," says Scheben.

Which might not be the most popular idea for 6-year-olds. But for parents and now police, it's not negotiable.

"He can see better, the strap isn't as close to his neck. It's safer," says parent Tiffany Reed.

And police won't mess around either. Until Jan. 1 a booster seat violation will be a warning, but after that, it's a $30 ticket.