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Today: Changes to child safety law announced

Original post made on Nov 16, 2011

If your child is under 8 years old or shorter than 4'9", California's child safety law now requires a backseat child restraint for car trips. Failure to comply can rack up a $500 fine and a point against your driving record.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 11:19 AM

Comments

Posted by Fred, a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Any news about under 12 being required to ride in the back seat?


Posted by David B, a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Nov 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I'm really tired of this car seat nanny state. When are they going to stop raising the limits?

I understand all the reasons, and I have no objection to these rules as recommendations. But by making this into laws with fines they aren't thinking of the unintended consequences:

- We all have to buy minivans or SUVs in order to have enough room for all the car seats. How much extra gas has been burned due to car seat laws?
- I can't give all the kids a ride home from school in carpool in my car
- Am I supposed to hold a 4'9" stick up against kids like at amusement parks before allowing them in my car?

AARRGGHH