Karl Heideck has been following the new car seat law that has taken effect in Pennsylvania. The new law requires all children below two years old to be strapped in rear-facing car seats whenever they are going for a drive. Those between two and eight years old should ride in booster seats until they reach 80 pounds or a height of 4’9″.
This new law was prompted by evidence showing that kids below the age of two suffer dire consequences whenever they are involved in accidents when seated facing forward. When facing forward, their heads, spines, and small bodies absorb the full impact of car crashes leading to serious injuries and fatalities. Car accidents in the USA result in the highest number of injuries and deaths witnessed among children.
Fines for Failing to Comply
Failure to comply with the new law will get you into trouble with the authorities. If your child is aged two and below, you will be charged a fine of $125 if the child is not in a rear-facing seat. For those flouting the law on booster seats for children between two and eight years old, a penalty of $75 will be charged, in addition to paying court costs and fees. The new law has been in effect from last year, but since then, police officers were under orders to issue warnings to those found violating the law. However, the new law is now in full effect; if you are found violating it, you will face the full weight of the law.
Depending on how old your children are, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued guidelines on choosing car seats for them. The guidelines cover the different car seats to be used by children of different ages and also cover how you should buckle their seat belts before going for a drive.
Karl Heideck’s Background
Karl Heideck pursued his Bachelor of Arts degree at Swarthmore College. He later graduated with a Juris Doctor from the James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University. Since then, he has practiced law at different firms and has earned more than ten years of experience in litigation, risk management review, and compliance. Karl Heideck is also skilled in legal writing, legal research, corporate law, product liability, civil litigation, employment law, mediation, intellectual property law, among others.
When Karl Heideck is not practicing law, he contributes his legal view on various legal topics and law changes through his blog “Inside the Mind of Karl Heideck.” He currently resides in his home state of Pennsylvania.