New AZ booster seat law goes into effect Aug. 2 - Tucson News Now

New AZ booster seat law goes into effect Aug. 2

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

You could soon get pulled over if you have a child who needs a booster seat, and isn't sitting in one.

It could mean a $50 ticket.

Here are the requirements:

Starting August second, if you are driving with a child who is five, six or seven years old and under four-feet-10-inches tall, that child must be in a booster seat in Arizona.

Arizona was among the last of the states to pass such a law.

The booster lets the child sit higher, so the seat belt fits properly.

Health and safety experts testified before the Arizona legislature that booster seats save children from more serious injuries in car crashes, and even save their lives.

From a law enforcement standpoint, Tucson police will be on the lookout for children who are not in booster seats.

Police say according to the law, they can stop a car if they suspect the child is not restrained properly.

Then they'll talk with the driver.

"If mom tell us the kid is whatever age and whatever height, we may go with that. If the officer has reason to believe that may not be the case, then we're going to do a further investigation into maybe the height of the kid or maybe his age," says TPD Sgt. Chris Widmer.

If you can't afford a booster seat, there are back-to-school immunization clinics going on in Tucson.

At some of them, they are giving out a limited number of free booster seats.

First come, first served.

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