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State Senators Back Boosting Florida's Child-Restraint Age

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A proposal that would require 6-year-old children to be secured in car seats or booster seats is headed to the full Senate.

Under current law, children through age 3 are required to be in federally approved child restraint device. Children ages 4 and 5 can be in car seats or booster seats.

The proposal (SB 380), sponsored by Sen. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville, would raise the age to 6.

The Senate Rules Committee unanimously approved the bill Thursday, positioning the measure to go to the Senate floor. “It is a matter of life and death for these children, so it is very important,” Barney Bishop, a lobbyist for the Florida Smart Justice Alliance, said before the committee vote.

Florida's current rules surrounding the use of safety belts and child restraints are available here.