Well, I think it's a great column, but I'm a member of the choir to which you preach. ;) Washington State has a similar law. My daughter will probably be of the height requirements by the time she's eight, but she's one of the taller kids. Who knows how the weight requirement will pan out. When I was her age, I was allowed to sit in the front seat and we only had lap belts in back. I was the only one of the three kids to have a car seat, and I use the term "car seat" very loosely. It was a contraption that wouldn't have provided much protection, but it was better than nothing and my parents were considered wacky for having it. By the time my brothers came along... I don't even want to think about it. Thankfully, we survived childhood.
Thanks. I remember the unsafe conditions in which I rode as a child so many times - fortunately, I was never involved in a major accident then. When my niece was a toddler, her babysitter's car rolled with all the kids she minded in the car - they were properly restrained and suffered not a scratch (except the one child who wasn't properly restrained (had escaped the car seat), who got thrown from the car but miraculously survived). I felt SO grateful.
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