Members of TTI’s Center for Transportation Safety helped educate parents about the enforcement of a new booster seat law, which began June 1. As part of her work with Safe Communities, Assistant Research Specialist Irene Rodriguez took part in a Safe Kids Austin Booster Seat Tour event in May.
The Booster Seat Tour is an effort to make sure parents know that the September 2009 Texas law requires children younger than eight years of age be secured in safety or booster seats. Those children who are taller than 4 feet-9 inches are exempt. Violators will be fined $25 for the first offense and up to $250 for subsequent violations.
“We worked with the Austin Independent School District with underserved schools by weighing and measuring kids and provided free booster seats and hands on demonstration on how to use Enforcement begins for new booster seat law
them properly,” says Rodriguez, who is the coordinator of the Safe Communities effort in Texas. “It’s a great feeling to know that we are helping make sure kids are safe.”
The booster seats were donated by Safe Kids Austin, led by Dell Children’s Medical Center.