Child Passenger Protection Act

Overview
Section 4 of Senate Bill 52 requires a person who is transporting a child in the State under the age of 8 (instead of 4) to provide for the protection of the child by properly securing the child in an appropriate child restraint system. Section 4 of Senate Bill 52 also:
  • Adds booster seat to the definition of Child Restraint.
  • Allows for a child who weighs more than 40 pounds to be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a lap / shoulder belt.
  • Requires that every person when transporting a child 8 years or older but under the age of 16 to be responsible for properly securing the child in seat belts.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 when transporting a child 8 years of age or older but under the age of 18 years, are responsible for securing that child in a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt or an appropriate child restraint system.