Archive for Sunday, July 1, 2007

Warnings on child booster seats end today

July 1, 2007


— Let this be a warning: There will be no more warnings.

As of today, Kansans found violating the state's booster seat law will face a $60 fine, plus court costs. Previously, violators merely were issued a warning.

"The law enforcement community and the Kansas Highway Patrol are dedicated to the safety of all Kansas children," said Col. William Seck, superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

"We will be aggressively enforcing the booster seat law, as we do all provisions of Kansas' child-passenger safety laws," Seck said.

Motorists are required to properly restrain children ages 4 through 7 in a booster seat unless the child weighs more than 80 pounds or is taller than 4-foot-9.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 4 through 7, officials said.

And booster seats used properly with safety belts have been proven more effective than safety belts alone at reducing the risk of injury to children involved in a crash, according to Safe Kids Kansas.

"Belt-positioning booster seats help protect children who are too big for child seats but too physically immature to use an adult seat belt," said Jan Stegelman, coordinator of Safe Kids Kansas.

A belt-positioning booster seat raises the child so that the seat belt fits the child's body.

Because children in booster seats use the adult seat belt, no installation of the seat is required, she said.

"A belt-positioning booster seat not only makes a child safer, but also makes the safety belt fit better and feel better to the child," Stegelman said.


Ragingbear 10 years, 9 months ago

Uh... Ok. First of all, the word your looking for is not booster seats. Booster seats are the things your 2 year old sits on in order to reach the table. A CAR seat on the other hand improves the safety and restraint in a car for a toddler.

It really makes whoever wrote this seem REALLY stupid.

Linda Kucza 10 years, 9 months ago

Ragingbear, Booster seat is the term used in the Kansas law regarding child safety in cars. You're right, they are also the things that make it easier for kids to eat at adult tables. English can be SO confusing.

Katie180 10 years, 9 months ago


The seats that carseat manufacturers make for children over 4 are called Booster Seats by them. You are right though that a toddler (1-4) needs to be in a car seat. There is a difference.

Ragingbear 10 years, 9 months ago

Oh.. They used to all be car seats a few years ago. Since I got no kids (could you imagine how bad it would be for a bunch of little Ragingbears running around?) I have not been exposed to this. It is vital that you got your kid in the proper type of seat. Just never heard of them being called Booster Seats.

Kat Christian 10 years, 9 months ago

OMG who cares if it is called a booster seat. The point is that booster defines a 'car seat' which boosts the ability of a child to use an adult seat belt comfortably for safety reasons. Make a mountain out of a mole hill. What are you PMSing today ragingbear? It is pathetic that parents do not use common sense with their children and the government has to step in to enforce the use of it. Just last year before this law came into affect I saw a woman with 3 children in her car one in the front and 2 in the back and ALL of them were standing up. Not one was in an adult seat belt, but she had one on. This is why this law has to be enforced.

jonas 10 years, 9 months ago

I think they should be called "Anti-Ejector Seats." Sounds much cooler.

Stu Clark 10 years, 9 months ago

Child car seats are seats which are held in place by the car's seatbelt and have their own restraint belt. Booster seats have no belts, they just raise the childs body to better take advantage of the car's seatbelt.

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