Child seat proposal would improve enforcement of law

A bill introduced in a state Senate committee today has the ability to improve enforcement of the state’s child seat law.

The way things stand at the present time, people who receive citations can avoid up to $103 in fines and court costs if they prove they have bought a child safety seat before the court appearance date on their citation. But under the proposed measure in the State Senate’s Transportation Committee, judges would no longer be required to waive the court penalties.

According to The Associated Press, the legislation specifically addresses violators of a requirement to secure children under age 4 in a safety seat. Michigan also requires children under age 8 to be in a booster seat.

As a practical matter, we have to wonder about the wisdom of passing a tough child seat standard while all but tying a judge’s hands in terms of enforcement. While the transportation committee bill is in its legislative infancy, it seems like a definite step in the right direction.