Recently, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law Senate Bill 88 requiring children to be properly restrained in a child safety restraint device until they are 8 years of age. The new law which goes into effect July 1, 2011 will bring Georgia’s law into line with the age recommendations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to a recent press release from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta reported that during the last four years 95 percent of the children that they treated between the ages 6 and 8 injured in motor vehicle crashes were not properly restrained. In 2008, over 14,000 children in Georgia between the ages of 6 and 8 were passengers of a motor vehicle which was involved in a crash. Of those children, more than 1,700 were injured. Statistics show proper use of child restraint systems will reduce the number of children injured in a motor vehicle crashes by as much as 59 percent.
The signing of the new law comes right before the beginning of the first national mobilization of law enforcement agencies across the country for 2011. "Click it or Ticket" begins May 23rd and runs through June 5th. Dalton Police Department will be joining other agencies around the nation in stepping up their efforts in enforcing safety belt laws and child restraint laws in order to save lives. The department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit and patrol division will be conducting saturated patrols and road checks during the mobilization to ensure that all passengers are properly restrained.
As always, if anyone has any questions about Georgia’s safety belt laws or needs further information about the new child restraint law that goes into effect July 1, 2011 they can reach the department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit at 706-278-9085, ext 124.