Safety http://wkyufm.org en Bill Would Strengthen Kentucky's Booster Seat Law http://wkyufm.org/post/bill-would-strengthen-kentuckys-booster-seat-law <p></p><p>Child-safety advocates are asking Kentucky lawmakers to strengthen the state’s booster seat law and bring it in line with national guidelines.</p><p>A 2008 law passed by state lawmakers requires that children be in a booster seat until they reach the age of 7 or a height of 50 inches. National standards go further, however, with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommending that children be kept in booster seats until they reach the age of eight or a height of 57 inches.</p><p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2014/01/19/3042749/advocates-pushing-lawmakers-to.html" target="_blank">The Herald-Leader reports</a> that a bill filed in the General Assembly would bring the commonwealth in line with neighboring states. House bill 199 would require boosters &nbsp;for children younger than nine who are 40 to 57 inches in height.</p><p>Advocates say the need for change is supported by research. A study done by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that using a booster seat for children ages 4 to 8 reduced the risk of injury during a car wreck by 59 percent. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:57:33 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 42678 at http://wkyufm.org Bill Would Strengthen Kentucky's Booster Seat Law WKU Expert Explains Tornado Outbreak http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-expert-explains-tornado-outbreak <p>Last week&#39;s outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms was predicted well in advance. Still, the severity of the storms and the amount of damage they caused caught many in the emergency preparedness community by surprise.</p><p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 15:59:09 +0000 Joe Corcoran 8616 at http://wkyufm.org WKU Expert Explains Tornado Outbreak