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Law would put more kids in safety seats

March 6, 2006
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

The minimum age for buckling children up may soon go up.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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Current Missouri law says children three and under must be restrained in a child safety seat.

But St. Louis County Democrat Barbara Fraser wants to require all children under 80 pounds to sit in a child safety seat.

According to a Center for Disease Control chart, more than 95 percent of eight year olds are less than 80 pounds.

Fraser says her legislation just as much about education as it is about safety.

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"We want to do everything we can to protect our children, and I think this is just another means of doing that."

Fraser says her bill could be packaged together with the proposed legislation allowing law enforcement officers to fine drivers solely for seat belt violations.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Walker

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One Missouri legislator thinks more kids ought to buckle up in booster seats.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis County Democrat Barbara Fraser is proposing legislation to up the minimum age for safety seat requirements.

The bill would require parents to restrain all children under 80 pounds or eight years old in a safety seat.

Fraser says the extra requirements would go a long way.

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"It was really sad to think that all she had to have was a little bit of height in her booster seat."

Current Missouri law requires children three years old and younger to use safety seats.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Walker.

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New legislation could require mode kids to buckle up in booster seats.

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St. Louis County Representative Barbara Fraser is proposing a bill that would require all children younger than eight years old or weighing less than 80 pounds to sit in a child safety seat.

According to a Center for Disease Control chart, this would include more than 95 percent of eight year olds.

Fraser says the bill is about more than just safety.

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"I think it is as equally about education as about the law and protecting children from dangerous, or situations that would hurt them."

Fraser says the law would allow violators to purchase a safety seat to avoid a fine.

From the state Capitol, I'm Tim Walker.