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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes in Atlanta and throughout the United States are still the leading cause of death for children ages three to fourteen. Because research has shown that adult seat belts do not provide the best protection for children, Georgia lawmakers have changed the laws concerning child restraint systems and booster seats.
A new bill, called SB 88, which went into effect on Friday, July 1, 2011, increases the age requirement from six to eight years old for children riding in booster seats.
Atlanta Accidents and Child Safety
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta claims that 95% of those aged six to eight years old that they have treated for crash-related injuries in the past four years were not restrained properly.
One of the main problems that state authorities see is that parents allow children to use adult safety belts without booster seats or other restraints too early.
If children are the size of an adult, then they should be able to use the adult safety system. The new child restraint law in Georgia allows children under the age of eight to be exempt if they are over 4 feet, 9 inches tall.
Enforcement of New Child Restraint Laws
Georgia authorities want to educate parents about the right way to use child restraint systems and how to properly secure their children. They want parents to visit their local fire departments or police stations if they are unsure about the correct ways to buckle their children. Law enforcement officials also will be writing citations if they find improperly restrained children.
Children should be protected as much as possible. If your child has been injured in an Atlanta car accident due to no fault of your own, please call a skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyer at the
Kalka & Baer Firm for a free consultation today.