Seat Belt Child Saftey Restraint Laws
1 000 BUCK-L-UP Washington State Has Two Occupant Protection Laws: WASHINUTON me Traffic Safety COM MIEL! ON The Seat Belt Law and The Child Restraint Law The Seat Belt Law requires: - ALL velucle occupants to be properly restrained in ALL « The driver is responsible for seeing that all children under the age of 16 are properly secured. « Passengers 16 years of age and older are responsible for themselves and may receive their own ticket if they are not properly restrained. Buckling one seat belt around two people or placing the seat belt under the arm or behind the back is dangerous, can cause death or serious injury in a crash, and 1s a violation of the law. The law requires evervone to wear the seat belt correctly. The driver can be given a ticket if the seat belt does not properly fit the child (for example: the shoulder belt crosses the face or neck: the shoulder belt 15 under the arm; the shoulder belt 15 behind the back; or the lap belt is up on the stomach). Washington's Child Restraint Law requires: - Children under 15 vears old be transported in the back seat E + Children up to their g" birthday, unless they are 4'9" tall (57 inches), be transported in a child restraint system. (For example a child car seat, booster seat, vest, or other restraint that is federally approved for use in the car.) » The restraint system must be used according to the car seat AND vehicle manufacturer's « Vehicles equipped with lap- only seat belts are exempt from the requirement to use a booster seat. « Children 8-years of age or at least 4'9” who wear a seat belt MUST use it correctly. (NOT under the arm or behind the back.) Try this 5-Step Test to learn when the adult seat belt properly fits your child. 1. Does the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat? 2, Do the child's knees bend comfortably at the edge of the vehicle seat without slouching? 3. Does the lap belt stay on the top part of the child's thighs? 4. Is the shoulder belt centered on the chest and shoulder? 5. Can the child stay seated thas way for the whole trip? If vou say no to ANY of these questions, or if your child puts the shoulder part of the seat belt under their arm or behind their back, vour child still needs a booster seat.
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