Police will start issuing citations on June 1st to drivers with children younger than 8 who are not in booster seats. Kids who are taller than 4 feet 9 inches are not included.
The first offense will cost $25.00, but each new offenses will cost up to $250.00 plus court fees. But if this saves the life or prevents the injury to one innocent child, it is more than worth it. I have seen far too many cases where kids were seriously hurt because they were not in a car seat.
This law went into effect on September 1, 2009 but police have only been issuing warnings since that time.
Before then, Texas was only one of six states that didn’t require additional protection for these older children.