Wisconsin Eyes Required Booster Seats For Children Under Seven

A bill requiring children ages four to seven to use booster seats in vehicles is making its way through the Legislature.

Current law requires kids under four to be restrained in a child safety seat. Children between four and eight can use a safety seat or seat belt.

Legislators, doctors, emergency care workers and others say children four to seven aren't physically developed enough to use a seat belt. They can be seriously injured or killed by using just the belt.

The bill's sponsors are Senator Carol Roessler of Oshkosh and Representative Jerry Petrowski of Marathon. They say adult seat belts on younger children can ride up over a child's stomach or cut across the neck.

Warnings but no citations would be issued during the first six months of the law. After that, violators could be fined $30.00 to $75.00.