Booster Seat Legislation

Gov. Deal signed Senate Bill 88 during a signing ceremony May 9, 2011, at Scottish Rite hospital. The measure increases the age at which a child is required to be in a car booster seat from age 6 to age 8. 

The Children’s government affairs department worked closely with many legislators along the way to the bill’s final passage, including Sen. Jeff Mullis, Rep. Alan Powell, Rep. Tom Rice, R-Norcross, Chairman of the House Motor Vehicles Committee, and Rep. John Meadows, R-Calhoun, Chairman of the House Rules Committee. 

This is the second time Children’s has taken the lead on such legislation. We also served as the lead organization when the booster seat age was increased in 2004. Children's is pleased with this legislative success and believe it will save lives and reduce child mortality from injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes.

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All children under 8 years old must be properly secured in an approved car seat or booster seat while riding in a car, van, SUV or pickup truck.