Topeka 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.