Texas Senate Passes Booster Seat Bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Children under age 8 would have to be secured in a booster seat when riding in a passenger vehicle under legislation approved today by the Texas House.

Current law requires booster seats for children under 5 and shorter than 3 feet tall. The bill would raise the requirement to include children under 8 years old or 4-feet-9 inches or shorter. Rep. Allen Vaught of Dallas, who sponsored the bill, says seat belts don't fit children properly and can injure or kill them in an accident.

Texas House changes must still get final approval in the Senate before the measure can be sent to Gov. Rick Perry. -- Starting in June 2010, people who don't follow the law would face a $25 fine, which would be used to buy booster seats for low-income families. Until then, police officers would only issue warnings. Subsequent violations could result in fines up to $250.