MaeganEmily said:The law in Michigan is that children 0-3 must be in a harnessed seat. 4-8 must be in a booster. Proper use,
MaeganEmily said:BookMama, our officers are writing tickets for 3 y.o.'s in boosters. I think that the main issue is that when this law was enacted, there wasn't a hard and fast rule on how to interpret it or waive the fines and costs. Many counties will not sign off on them at all - I had a woman screaming at me a couple of months ago because she couldn't find anywhere in Shiawassee or Livingston counties that would sign her ticket. It's county by county and it's a mess.
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(or...g.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-257-710d(1) Except as provided in this section, or as otherwise provided by law, a rule promulgated under the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA 306, MCL 24.201 to 24.328, or federal regulation, each driver transporting a child less than 4 years of age in a motor vehicle shall properly secure that child in a child restraint system that meets the standards prescribed in 49 CFR 571.213.
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title49-vol6/xml/CFR-2011-title49-vol6-sec571-213.xmlChild restraint system means any device, except Type I or Type II seat belts, designed for use in a motor vehicle or aircraft to restrain, seat, or position children who weigh 30 kilograms (kg) or less.
I absolutely love and highly recommend this one. It's the one we give parents at my work, and the second page (well, we print double sided, so its the backside, gotta save trees!) is just a brilliant, easy to read, 4 step bullet pointy/illustrated quick-reference sheet. It sort of pushes best practice without making it seem confusing. I tell my parents "rear face to 2, harness till kindergarten, booster til at least 8" That's way easier than "well, until its outgrown, height, or weight, inches.. pounds, age... blah, blah" because they just don't get it. I do take some time to explain the difference between a convertible and a combination seat, and caution them NOT to buy a combination right after the infant seat. I've had SO many parents buy a convertible instead of a combo since I've started "warning" them about it, because to the average parent without an interest in CPS, the difference between a convertible and combo is not readily apparent, and combos tend to cost less, and thats how we get a bunch of 9-15 months olds in combos.
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