A new bill, Senate Bill 61, introduced by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and House Bill 528, introduced by Rep. Allen Vaught, D-Dallas, would require children to be in booster seats if they are under the age of 8. Senate Bill 61 has been passed in the Senate and sent to the House for consideration, and now needs to be referred to committee. House Bill 528 is sitting in the Calenders Committee, who are urgently trying to set it for debate on the House floor. This marks the third attempt of child safety and health advocates to get the law passed in the last six years.
An interim report to the Legislature produced by the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2006 stated "A child who is less than 4 feet 9 inches tall, using only an adult safety belt, experiences major internal organ injuries when involved in a motor vehicle crash. Texas could reduce the cost of health care by more than $17 million if these children were required to use the appropriate child safety seat or booster seat." Booster seats are 59 percent more effective in accidents than a seat belt alone.
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