Governor Brewer Signs Booster Seat Bill into Law
Legislation closes loophole in Arizona's Child Passenger Safety Law
Phoenix, Ariz., May 10, 2012. AAA Arizona is proud to announce that Governor Brewer signed HB 2154, commonly referred as the booster seat legislation, into law. The law will go into effect in August.
With the enactment of this bill, Arizona joins 47 states across the country that have established laws to protect older child occupants. Once HB 2154 takes effect, children under eight years old or under 4’9” tall will be required to sit in a proper child safety seat, such as a booster seat, when riding in a vehicle in Arizona.
“Today represents the final step in the long journey for this crucial, life-saving legislation,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “AAA applauds Representative McLain for championing this issue. AAA also appreciates the support of both legislative chambers and Governor Brewer, who recognized the need to close the loophole in Arizona’s current flawed child passenger safety law.”
Prior to the enactment of HB 2154, state law permitted parents and caregivers to transition children from a child safety seat to an adult safety belt at the age of five, despite overwhelming research that has shown these children aren’t properly protected. This made Arizona one of only three states without a law protecting children who are too big for a traditional car seat, but too small to be safely restrained by an adult safety belt alone.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the proper use of a safety seat can reduce a child’s fatality risk by up to 71 percent. In 2010, all of the five to eight year-old deaths due to car crashes in Arizona were not properly restrained.
Several agencies across the state joined AAA in support of this legislation including Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, SafeKids Maricopa and Coconino Counties, and several other injury and trauma prevention organizations.
AAA’s legislative action center tracked the progress of HB 2154, as well as other transportation bills considered during the 2012 Arizona legislature.
AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.
NOTE: B-roll of booster seat usage is available for media use. To download, visit youtube.com/user/AAAAZNews.