Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

House OKs $50 Car-Seat Fine; Bill Raises Age for Kids Who Have to Be Strapped in from 4 to 8 Years

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

House OKs $50 Car-Seat Fine; Bill Raises Age for Kids Who Have to Be Strapped in from 4 to 8 Years

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Byline: WALTER C. JONES

ATLANTA - Motorists could face a $50 fine for not strapping children 8 years and younger into car seats under legislation the House of Representatives passed Tuesday.

By a vote of 129-43, representatives sent to the Senate House Bill 279 that raises the age for car seats from 4 and imposes a $100 fine for a second offense.

"You've got before you a bill that was precisely drawn to deal with the maximum number of deaths for these young children and the maximum number of injuries," said House Motor Vehicles Chairman Tom Rice, R-Norcross.

Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, said many cars today have adjustable seat belts that make them as safe as an approved car seat or booster seat. He warned that the bill would make criminals of parents even if their child were killed by another driver.

"We're exposing parents ... to criminal responsibility," he said.

Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, told Setzler that courts would not assign criminal liability to parents for an accident caused by someone else. …

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