New Car Seat Law Takes Effect

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Police will be cracking down, making sure your children are properly secured in cars. It's all part of a new child safety law that passed last year, but took effect on June 1st.

Every time Rikki Upton takes her grandchildren out for a ride, she makes sure all three kids are safely strapped into their car seats. 

"I think all kids should be in a car seat and fully protected, until they are self controlled they need to be in it," Rikki Upton, who approves of the new law, said.

Beginning on June 1st, authorities will begin enforcing a new law, it requires all children under the age of 8 or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches to be secure in a car seat or booster seat.

"It's a good idea, my daughter tends to put the seat belt over her head and they're not protected," Araceli Brien, who likes the new law, said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says parents often take their children out of booster seats too soon.

"At this age and this size, an adult seat belt is not adequately keeping them safe," Cpl. Shanna Malone with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said.

That mistake could cost parents a $250 fine.

"She's got a big car seat here and in my husbands truck, she has a booster seat, but I prefer the 5 point safety system," Upton said.

DPS officials want the public to know booster seats can be picked up at most stores for as little as $15. Also there are some organizations in town that offer assistance with purchasing a booster seat. Just call the Department of Public Safety for more information.