Q: I believe that you quoted the law wrong when you reported this story. The way you stated it, all children under 4’ 9” should be in booster seats. That is not how the law reads. I copied this from the Dept. of Public Safety's website. June 2, 2009 New Booster Seat Law Clarified There has been some confusion about a new state law that requires all children younger than eight (8) years old, unless taller than 4’9” to be in child passenger safety seat system. Because of the changes of the wording in the law (SB61), the following legal interpretation should be applied: Once a child reaches eight (8) years old, they are not legally required to be in a child safety seat system? If the child is younger than eight years old, but they are already 4’9” tall, they are not legally required to be in a child safety seat system. If a child is eight years old or older, and not yet 4’9” tall, they are not legally required to be in a child safety seat system
A: We checked with the news department on what was actually read during the 10 p.m. news broadcast. This is what was reported:
Starting tomorrow you better make sure any child under eight years old, or under-4 feet 9 inches is using a booster seat in your car. Or you will get a ticket. The law's already in effect, but the grace period ends tomorrow.
It appears we said or instead of and. If the point was unclear, we regret that.