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GA legislature will keep kids in booster seats longer

The General Assembly approved legislation that would require children to use car safety seats until they turn eight. Right now, the law only applies to children under six.

The new bill is awaiting Governor Nathan Deal's signature. Kids under eight would be exempt if until they're over four-foot-nine and 40 pounds. Safety experts say there's been some confusion over the issue of a child's weight.

"If a family has a vehicle where only a lap belt is available and the child weighs 40 pounds then the child can be in that lap belt, because to use a booster seat you must use a lap and shoulder belt, so we would see that more in older vehicles that only have lap belts in the rear seating position," said Michelle Strickland, Albany Safe Communities.

Albany Safe Communities says the new regulations bring the state closer to the standards set by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. They say their goal is to make sure everyone in the vehicle has upper body protection. First time violators face a 50 dollar fine.

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