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.