Safety

Health & Safety
1:57 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Bill Would Strengthen Kentucky's Booster Seat Law

Child-safety advocates are asking Kentucky lawmakers to strengthen the state’s booster seat law and bring it in line with national guidelines.

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.

The Herald-Leader reports that a bill filed in the General Assembly would bring the commonwealth in line with neighboring states. House bill 199 would require boosters  for children younger than nine who are 40 to 57 inches in height.

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.

Regional
9:59 am
Tue March 6, 2012

WKU Expert Explains Tornado Outbreak

Dr. Josh Durkee talks with Joe Corcoran
wku public radio

Last week'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.

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