Georgia law requires all children under the age of 8 to be properly restrained in an appropriate child passenger safety seat or booster seat when riding in a passenger automobile, van, or pickup truck while the vehicle is in motion on any public road.
To make sure your child’s safety seat or booster seat is property installed and is appropriate for your child’s age, height, and weight, you can come to the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street in Dalton to consult with an officer who is a certified child safety seat technician. Research shows that use of child passenger safety seats greatly reduce the risk of serious injury or death in a crash if they are properly installed, but sometimes they can be difficult to install. Our officers can make sure you’re set up properly. Here’s more information on Georgia’s laws for occupant safety and kids:
Georgia’s Child Passenger Safety Laws: What you need to know.
Who is Covered?
Who Must Comply?
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Per Georgia law, you can turn the child around at the age of One Year. However, it is safer to leave the child in a rear-facing position as long as he/she still fits comfortably in that position. A child’s neck muscles develop at different rates and even a child beyond the legal requirement may not be strong enough to endure the forces generated by a crash.