Oaks Reminds Motorists of Revised Car Seat Law

April 6, 2005

Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon), the Assembly deputy minority leader, reminded constituents today of a new car seat law that took effect March 27.

"The safety of our children should not be taken lightly," Oaks said. "This new law will ensure that they get the proper protection they need while riding in an automobile."

Research shows that nearly 3,300 children nationwide, ages 4 to 7, died in motor vehicle crashes between 1994 and 2002. In 95 percent of the crashes, children were either unrestrained or restrained only by an adult seat belt. Oaks said children ages 4 to 8 who use booster seats and safety belts are 59 percent less likely to be injured in a crash than children who use only a seat belt.

According to Oaks, all rear-seat passengers under 7 years of age must be placed in appropriate child-restraint systems. Children older than 4 and who are more than 4 feet 9 inches tall may be restrained by safety belts.

Oaks noted that violators are subject to fines ranging from $25 to $100. Judges are allowed to waive fines if parents or guardians provide proof that they purchased a proper child restraint system after the violations occurred.

Questions or concerns about the new seat belt law may be forwarded to Oaks’ office by calling (315) 946-5166.