New Ga. booster seat law begins Friday

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Starting Friday, all children under the age of 8 must ride in a booster seat.

That means some children who stopped using a seat at 6 will go back to using the booster seat.

Children under 8 are exempt if they're taller than 4 foot 9 and weigh more than 40 pounds. Safety experts say at that height, a safety belt fits a child properly.

The change brings the state closer to standards set by the national highway transportation safety administration. Starting Friday, parents who don't secure their children can face a first time fine of $50.

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