(Frankfort, KY) - Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages four to 14. Keeping children safe on the road means putting them in the right restraint at the right age.
KSP Post 2 is announcing a permanent child safety seat inspection station. Post 2 Troopers have been trained as certified child safety seat technicians.
Our permanent inspection station is available to make sure parents and childcare providers know and follow every one of the 4 Steps for Kids guidelines.
Booster seats provide an extra step between child safety seats and seatbelts.
House Bill 315 requires that children younger than 8 and between 40 and 57 inches tall be secured in a booster seat.
The bill requires law enforcement officers to issue citations with a $30 fine with no court costs. In addition, violators will have the option to purchase a booster seat instead of paying the fine.
Boosters are intended to lift the child up off the vehicle seat to improve the fit of the adult lap and shoulder seatbelt.
The lap portion of the belt should fit low on the hips or high on the thighs and the shoulder portion of the belt should be snug across the collarbone.
An improper fit of the adult safety belt can cause the lap belt to ride up over the stomach and the shoulder belt to cut across the neck, potentially exposing the child to serious abdominal or neck injury.
According to Partners for Child Passenger Safety, more than 90% of 4 to 8-year-old children who were seriously injured in a crash were not restrained in a booster seat.
What are Kentucky's Child Seat Laws?
- Any child under 40 inches tall must be in a child and/or infant seat.
- Any child, who is younger than eight and between 40 and 57 inches tall be secured in a booster seat.
- All children over eight years of age or over 57 inches tall must be secured in a seat belt.
While most infants and toddlers ride in the correct child safety seat, less than 10 percent of the children who should be in booster seats use one. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that children who have outgrown child safety seats be properly restrained in booster seats in the back seat until they are at least eight years old, unless they are 4'9" tall. A booster seat lifts a child up so that a safety belt can fit correctly. Without a booster seat, a small child can be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.
Kentucky State Police Post 2 will have technicians available to inspect child passenger safety seats and their installation safety checks are available by appointment. Additionally, Kentucky State Police Post 2 also offers child safety seat checks to the public by appointment.