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Car Seat Laws

Infant and Child Car Seat Laws By State

If you are a parent, it's important to understand your state laws regarding infant and child car seats. Unfortunately, many children are injured and die each year because they are not properly secured during a vehicle accident. States all around the country are enacting new laws to help keep children safe. Here are just a few ways you can find out those laws and how to apply them.
If you are a parent, it's important to understand your state laws regarding infant and child car seats. Unfortunately, many children are injured and die each year because they are not properly secured during a vehicle accident. States all around the country are enacting new laws to help keep children safe. Here are just a few ways you can find out those laws and how to apply them.

If you are a parent, it's important to understand your state laws regarding infant and child car seats. Unfortunately, many children are injured and die each year because they are not properly secured during a vehicle accident. States all around the country are enacting new laws to help keep children safe. Here are just a few ways you can find out those laws and how to apply them.

Ask your local Police Department

Local police departments are required to stay abreast of new laws regarding infant and child seating. Since they are often the ones who write tickets and respond first to a car accident, they have to ensure they know the proper laws to ensure that children within their jurisdiction are being kept safe. Many police departments also offer training classes, pamphlets and other materials about understanding child and infant car seats and how to safely install them.

Search Online

There are dozens of places that you can go to find information regarding child seats and new laws that have been enacted. Here at FreeDMVpracticeTests.com for instance, there are several blogs such as this one, which is applicable for California residents, about new laws regarding child safety seat regulations.

Ask Your Local Pediatrician or OB-GYN

Just like police officers, pediatricians often have to treat children who have been injured in a car accident. Many of them make it a practice to keep pamphlets and other reading material readily available for parents who are seeking advice about safety seats. Your pediatrician will often be able to recommend to you a good type of car seat in relation to your child's height and weight. Even if they don't know, they are likely to be able to tell you where you could find such information. The same holds true for prospective mothers who are buying a car seat for the first time. Your OB-GYN will be able to point you in the right direction as far as books to read and things to buy to ensure that your bundle of joy will ride home in comfort and safety.

New Colorado Driving Laws

New legislation was recently enacted in Colorado and is aimed at keeping children safe while being transported in a motor vehicle. As of August 1, 2010, all babies under one year of age who weigh less than 20 pounds are required to be securely belted into a rear-facing car seat. They must be placed in the back seat of the vehicle. In addition, the following laws must be adhered to:

Keeping Children Safe in Colorado
New legislation was recently enacted in Colorado and is aimed at keeping children safe while being transported in a motor vehicle. As of August 1, 2010, all babies under one year of age who weigh less than 20 pounds are required to be securely belted into a rear-facing car seat. They must be placed in the back seat of the vehicle. In addition, the following laws must be adhered to:

  • Children age 1 to 3 years between 20 to 40 pounds must be in a forward facing child safety seat.
     
  • Children age 4 to 7 years who are less than 55 inches tall must be properly restrained in a child booster seat.
     
  • Children 8 to 15 years are allowed to use adult safety belts if they are at least 55 inches tall.
  • Children 8 to 15 years are allowed to use adult safety belts if they are at least 55 inches tall.
  • Children 8 to 15 years are allowed to use adult safety belts if they are at least 55 inches tall.

This is a primary enforcement law, which means that officers don't need to have any other reason to pull the driver over. The booster seat portion is a secondary law; meaning officers must witness the driver committing another offense. The minimum fine for each violation is $82.
 
Mandatory Jail Time For DUI Offense
Anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The penalties for a DUI conviction recently changed and offenders are required to spend a minimum amount of time in jail. Colorado's new laws went into effect as of July 1, 2010 and the penalties for a DUI conviction are as follows:
 
First DUI Offense
 
Jail time ranging from 5 days to 1 year
Fine of up to $1,000
License suspension of 9 months
48 to 96 hours of community service
 
Second DUI Offense
 
Jail time ranging from 10 days to 1 year
Fine of up to $1,500
License suspension of 12 months
48 to 120 hours of community service
In addition to the above, the judge may require an ignition interlock device be installed in the person's vehicle.
 
Legal Help From a Colorado Attorney
 
The State of Colorado takes DUI convictions very seriously. People with a prior conviction who commit a second offense within five years may be facing up to a year in county jail. If anyone was injured during the incident, defendants could be charged with a felony offense. Don't take any chances with your future. Contact an experienced attorney who will help defend your rights.

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