Booster Seat Inspections

In less than one month a major law for child safety will be changing.

And the Texas Department of Transportation is hoping you act now, before it's too late.

Today kids who are five years old or three feet tall are required to sit in booster seats.

But starting on September first, those requirements are drastically increasing.

The new law states children eight years old and younger, or shorter than four feet nine inches must be in a booster seat.

If not, parents could get a 25 dollar ticket for the first offense and at least a 200 dollar ticket on the second.

Many people say this law stresses the importance of child safety.

"We find that 95 percent of car seats are not used properly and that could lead to a death or injury for a child in a crash," said Tracy Tellman, the TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist.

Because of that staggering number and the law changes, TxDOT is teaming up with a few fire departments to inspect your booster seats.

You can get checked Wednesday at the Clarendon Fire Department from nine to 11.

And at the Amarillo Fire Station on Amarillo Boulevard East and Grand Street Wednesday afternoon from two to four.

You can also book an appointment with the following TxDOT employees by calling them.

Tracy Tellman 356-3295, Julie Poindexter 354-1444, Andrea Ewing 468-4309