A recent study regarding the number of children who die when car crash happen was conducted this year. This study revealed that between the year 2010 and 2014, about 11 children died every week because they had not been adequately restrained or they were not restrained at all. In an attempt to reduce this numbers, a new driving law concerning the car seats was put into place. Drivers are required to put children who are below the age of two in a car seat that faces backward. Any child who is between the age of two and eight, the law requires that they ride in a booster car seat until such a time that they weigh 80 pounds or are at least 4.9 feet tall. Drivers in Pennsylvania are to follow this laws failure to which they risk a penalty of up to $75.
The law was put in effect from last year. Drivers who failed to follow this law would be issued with warnings. As from August 12 this year, officers were directed to issue tickets to motorists who fail to place their children in the proper car seat. Besides being penalized, the parents will pay for the cost of the court and all its fees. These measures are expected to reduce the number of children who perish in car crashes by a significant 28 percent. Similarly, the risk of injuries goes down by 82 percent. Since choosing the correct car seat for the children may prove problematic to the parents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives a guide.
In light to this, further consultation with an attorney would be worthwhile. Karl Heideck is an attorney who has practiced for the last 10 years. He has specialized in risk management and compliance. He earned his Juris Doctor Law from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in the year 2009. Karl Heideck had initially graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and Literature from Swarthmore College.
When Karl Heideck started his career, he was engaged in banking, government investigation as well as subprime litigation. Later he expanded to pharmaceutical litigation and major construction. Karl Heideck is dedicated to sharing legal issues with the public through his blog.
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