Bill requiring kids up to age of 6 to remain in car seat passes Senate committee

Car seat
Posted at 10:56 AM, Mar 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-06 14:12:11-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- A bill that would require a child to be properly restrained in an age appropriate car seat through the age of 6 has been passed by a Senate committee.

The measure, sponsored by Anitere Flores (R-Miami) was unanimously passed Tuesday morning by the Senate Transportation Committee.

AAA says Florida and South Dakota are the only states in the nation without this law currently in place. Florida law right now only requires children up to three years of age to be in a car seat.

"We applaud the Senate Transportation Committee and are hopeful that the full Senate will vote in favor of this measure," said Karen Morgan, manager, AAA Public Policy, The Auto Club Group. "Protecting our children is basic Traffic Safety 101."

Morgan says statistics show motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of death among children in the U.S, but believes many of these deaths can be prevented by placing children in age- and size-appropriate car seats. A similar bill in the House (HB225), sponsored by Representative Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) is awaiting a hear in committee.