LEGISLATIVE ALERT – YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW!
Two bills now before the Oklahoma Legislature would bring Oklahoma law into compliance with the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics for child passenger safety restraints:
· Children up to age two should ride in a rear-facing child car seat.
· Children up to age four and those who have outgrown their rear-facing seat should ride in a front-facing child car seat.
· After children turn four, they should be restrained in a car booster seat until they are 4’ 9” tall. Then they can ride in the vehicle’s built-in seat belt system.
Right now, Oklahoma law is silent on the use of booster seats, leading parents to believe older children can safely be placed in the car’s seat belt system. They can’t. Built-in seat belts are designed for adults, not children. The seat belt either is riding so low, the child slides right under it – or the belt is riding so high, it cuts across the neck of the child. In the event of a crash, the car’s seat belt can do more harm than good. The answer is booster seats.
Won’t you join AAA in supporting these two vital bills so Oklahoma law can reflect the most advanced thinking on how to best protect our most vulnerable passengers? Contact your Oklahoma state representative and senator and let your voice be heard. Tell them you support Senate Bill 749 by Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton and House Bill 1847 by Rep. Scott Inman of Del City. If you’re unsure who your specific state lawmakers are or how to contact them, click here.
Thank you very much.