Booster seat advocates say legislative action is needed to fix Kentucky's current law. A bill that would increase the height requirement to 57 inches and age standard to nine years old, passed the House Transportation Committee Tuesday.
Dr. Susan Pollack with the Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center has been lobbying for years on vehicle booster seat issues. "All this is recognition that kids don't get to adult height until older than what we had said and taller," said Pollack. "It's really a height issue because if you're not in the right position height wise, the seat belt doesn't fit you properly."
Brandon Muravchik testified before the House committee. He was injured in a car accident when he was eight and underwent surgeries as a child and as an adult. "Ended up being a four hour surgery and he removed two feet of my intestine," he said. "So, this is 23 years later; so I'm still suffering from it."
Similar measures have passed the full House previously, but failed to make it through the Senate. Senate Transportation Committee Chair Ernie Harris believes Winchester doctor Ralph Alvarado's inclusion in Senate membership could change the dynamics. "We will talk about this bill at some time. We'll see what he has to say. I think he'll be supportive of it. But, I don't know if the votes are there. It hasn't even crossed my mind until you mentioned it today," said Harris.
Harris says members of his committee will be polled to gauge support.