New Child Auto Safety Laws In Effect Jan. 1
By Christine Dimattei // January 8, 2015
AAA GIVING AWAY FREE BOOSTER SEATS
EDITOR’S NOTE: WLRN’s Christine Dimattei reports on the new child auto safety law, which took effect on Jan. 1, and AAA’s related booster seat giveaway. The Brevard County AAA branch is in Melbourne on 4100 N Wickham Road, Suite 101. CLICK HERE or call 321-253-9100 for information. — Dr. Jim Palermo, Editor-in-Chief
FLORIDA HEALTH NEWS — The country’s largest auto club is making it easier for Florida parents to comply with a revamped child car seat law.
As of the New Year, state law now requires that children need to be secured in car-safety seats until the age of six.
Previously, kids could transition to regular adult seat belts as young as age four.
Each Friday, throughout the month of January, AAA will be giving away free booster car seats.
AAA Director of Traffic Safety Culture Michele Harris says the organization takes child safety seriously.
“Seat belts are not made to fit children – they’re made to fit adults,” says Harris.
“So basically, what the booster seat does is it helps protect the child by boosting them up in the seat so that the seat belt can fit correctly.”
AAA says more than 700 free booster seats will be available at its branch offices statewide on a first-come, first-served basis.