Thursday, July 10, 2008
Starting today, in Massachusetts, children under 8 years old or shorter than 4'9" are required to be in a child safety or booster seat when riding in a vehicle.
The requirement used to be for kids up to 5 years old or 40 lb. Because of how the seatbelt lies across or potentially digs into one's body, it makes more sense to go with height (I hope they make nice booster seats for diminutive adults).
It floors me how many kids I see riding around completely unrestrained, never mind with the right kind of seat for their dimensions. I really thought we'd gotten smarter than that.
(Aside to those who can't understand all this safety "hysteria" because they never even wore a seat belt as a kid and nothing happened to them? Congratulations! Unfortunately, the plural of "anecdote" is not "data." If, say, emergency room nurses and doctors ever come out against a bill like this, I'll certainly give that my full attention.)