Beginning today, car-seat requirements in Colorado are providing safer travel for the smallest in our state. A new state requirement being enforced Aug. 1 raises the car-seat requirement to age 8. Previously, children have had to be in car seats through age 6.

For a discussion of the new law see Keep Your Kids in a Booster Seat – It’s the Law! The expanded child passenger safety law passed in 2010, but the state conducted a yearlong education period to inform parents and caregivers about the change. Starting today, the state will begin to enforce the new law. The Colorado State Patrol says that from 2006 to 2010, 20 kids, ages 4 through 7, died in traffic crashes in Colorado, and 11 of them were unrestrained or improperly restrained. Under the new law, parents could be fined $82 for not complying with the car-seat requirement.

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