Possible Stronger Car Seat Laws in Fl...

Possible Stronger Car Seat Laws in Florida

There are 17 comments on the First Coast News Jacksonville story from Apr 21, 2008, titled Possible Stronger Car Seat Laws in Florida. In it, First Coast News Jacksonville reports that:

Parents better make sure they have plenty of room for growth when it comes to buying car seats.

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Bchico

AOL

#1 Apr 21, 2008
How will this affect 1st graders that take the bus to school (most if not all are under 7). Will the school district be forced to put in carseats?
Mee

Saint Augustine, FL

#2 Apr 21, 2008
Does he know what effect the car seats have on a seat? And how can you find a car seat that would accomadat a bigger child,lets face it car seats are good but how about really sponsoring a bill that supports the schools and not the car seat industry. Show the parents how to use the ones they have, and how to use a seat bealt with a belt wrap to not hurt the childs neck!!!!!
Bill

United States

#3 Apr 21, 2008
Whoopee. Another friggin law that no one will enforce. We still have a law that says you can't skateboard without a license.
Another Mom and Granny

Tallahassee, FL

#4 Apr 21, 2008
Whatever happened to the concept of personal responsibility and not having to be told what to do by the government? That was a retorical question and meant to be a little funny if it were not so sad. We are getting to the point there is a law for everything from the cradle to the grave and no one seems bothered by this intrusion in our lives. We need a lot more common sense, less blind dependence on the government, and more taking responsibility for our actions including protecting our own children.
Think about it

Hernando, FL

#5 Apr 21, 2008
The age thing is not really what people should be concentrating on; what is equally as important is the child's height. For instance, my 6th grader is still in the booster seat because he is not tall enough to sit directly on the seat of the vehicle himself. I think the height a child needs to be before they are not assisted by a car seat or a booster seat is 4'9"? Not sure.
Paula

Oakfield, GA

#6 Apr 21, 2008
age makes no difference... it should be about the height and weight of a child.
William

Denver, NC

#7 Apr 21, 2008
This will be a good law...hope it passes.
victronia

Aiken, SC

#8 Apr 21, 2008
This is absurd. Maybe they should be looking into requiring the automotive industry to install seat belts that ADJUST to fit smaller people... If you are gonna make a 3rd grader use a car seat/booster... because they are not yet 4'9" which is already the law, then where does it end? Strange how public transportation seems exempt from all this... How hard did the car seat manufacturers lobby for this doozy??? Okay, first we're supposed to drive tiny vehicles to cut down on greenhouse.. but, oh wait... you have to have ALL your kids in a car seat too! Yes, even the 3rd grader... I don't care if it makes it impossible for them to get into the car ****/c there's no room in the back compact seat... geesh! Where does the nonsense end???
My 4th grader (about to be 5th) just BARELY meets the 4'9" requirement, and he's an AVERAGE KID. He still doesn't weight 80 lbs.(Thank goodness... he'd be obese if he did)...
my humble opinion

United States

#9 Apr 21, 2008
Another Mom and Granny wrote:
Whatever happened to the concept of personal responsibility and not having to be told what to do by the government? That was a retorical question and meant to be a little funny if it were not so sad. We are getting to the point there is a law for everything from the cradle to the grave and no one seems bothered by this intrusion in our lives. We need a lot more common sense, less blind dependence on the government, and more taking responsibility for our actions including protecting our own children.
It is sad. Very sad. Does the government have nothing better to do than to come up with more ways to take away our personal freedoms? I could think of several things off the top of my head that their time would be better spent on. Perhaps if average American's would exhibit more common sense, such senseleness wouldn't be imposed and the government could devote their time to things that might actually benefit our society.
my humble opinion

United States

#10 Apr 21, 2008
One more thing...huge pet peeve of mine. We're told we have to wear seatbelts and put our kids in car seats. OK, fine, whatever....but why then can my neighbor get on his motorcycle and not have to put a helmet on his head?
Walt Griffith

Lake City, FL

#11 Apr 21, 2008
People should be encouraged to ride without helmets; it helps to clean out the gene pool. They should also be automatically assumed to be organ donors with do not resuscitate orders in place.
William

Denver, NC

#12 Apr 22, 2008
my humble opinion wrote:
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It is sad. Very sad. Does the government have nothing better to do than to come up with more ways to take away our personal freedoms? I could think of several things off the top of my head that their time would be better spent on. Perhaps if average American's would exhibit more common sense, such senseleness wouldn't be imposed and the government could devote their time to things that might actually benefit our society.
The government steps in to "encourage" stupid people to protect their kids.
These are the same kids who do not yet have the mental capacity to think for themselves.
If "you" don't wear a seat belt, the government probably doesn't care, they want to protect the unprotected.
However, as an person who pays auto insurance, I know that I actually pay for medical expenses incurred by people in accidents who "do not" use a seat belt and have medical expenses that a seat belt "could" have prevented.
William

Denver, NC

#13 Apr 22, 2008
my humble opinion wrote:
One more thing...huge pet peeve of mine. We're told we have to wear seatbelts and put our kids in car seats. OK, fine, whatever....but why then can my neighbor get on his motorcycle and not have to put a helmet on his head?
This have been hashed out by lawmakers for years and the State of Florida finally conceded to the bikers several years ago.
I do "believe" bike riders have to have proof of "additional" insurance to ride without a helmet legally. Not sure but I think so.
If a bike rider, like a non-seat belt driver, has a accident and wearing a helmet or seat belt would have made a difference, we in effect are paying for "their" right with higher insurance rates.
As a non-rider, I don't particuarlly care to subsidise bikers right to ride without a helmet.
Anyway, that's always been the argument.
my humble opinion

United States

#14 Apr 22, 2008
William wrote:
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The government steps in to "encourage" stupid people to protect their kids.
These are the same kids who do not yet have the mental capacity to think for themselves.
If "you" don't wear a seat belt, the government probably doesn't care, they want to protect the unprotected.
However, as an person who pays auto insurance, I know that I actually pay for medical expenses incurred by people in accidents who "do not" use a seat belt and have medical expenses that a seat belt "could" have prevented.
I understand what you are saying, and I agree---I, personally, would wear a seatbelt and make my kids and others in my car wear one too, even if there were not seatbelt laws. I just think the government has better things to do with their time. Perhaps if we could reduce the 'stupidity' of people, such 'encouragement' from the government would cease.
As far as kids having to ride in car seats until they are seven, I think that's absurd. Big money for the car seat manufacturers though, the car seats out now would certainly not accomodate most 7 year olds, so they'd have to come out with larger seats for parents to buy. Again, if we could cure the 'stupidity' of people, the law makers and the law enforcement officers could concentrate on other issues.
my humble opinion

United States

#15 Apr 22, 2008
William wrote:
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This have been hashed out by lawmakers for years and the State of Florida finally conceded to the bikers several years ago.
I do "believe" bike riders have to have proof of "additional" insurance to ride without a helmet legally. Not sure but I think so.
If a bike rider, like a non-seat belt driver, has a accident and wearing a helmet or seat belt would have made a difference, we in effect are paying for "their" right with higher insurance rates.
As a non-rider, I don't particuarlly care to subsidise bikers right to ride without a helmet.
Anyway, that's always been the argument.
I just think it's hypocritical on the part of the state to tell me I HAVE to wear my seatbelt, but Mr. Motorcycle guy doesn't HAVE to wear a helmet. It's as if Motorcycle riders have the freedom to be stupid, but it's assumed a car driver and their passengers can't think for themselves.
William

Denver, NC

#16 Apr 22, 2008
my humble opinion wrote:
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I understand what you are saying, and I agree---I, personally, would wear a seatbelt and make my kids and others in my car wear one too, even if there were not seatbelt laws. I just think the government has better things to do with their time. Perhaps if we could reduce the 'stupidity' of people, such 'encouragement' from the government would cease.
As far as kids having to ride in car seats until they are seven, I think that's absurd. Big money for the car seat manufacturers though, the car seats out now would certainly not accomodate most 7 year olds, so they'd have to come out with larger seats for parents to buy. Again, if we could cure the 'stupidity' of people, the law makers and the law enforcement officers could concentrate on other issues.
I don't understand part of your opinion.
The child that I help care for "just" turned 7 years old is 46 inches tall and weighs 58 lbs (I have a "watch me grow chart" for him). Since I pick him up from school many times a week, I know that he is of average size and since I watch him play t-ball every Saturday, I know he is of average size.
I also know that their is NO way he can buckle-up in a car using an adult seat belt without a childs car seat-booster...he is just too small. And based on his older brother, I would expect that he will be in that childs seat at least to age eight.
William

Denver, NC

#17 Apr 22, 2008
my humble opinion wrote:
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I just think it's hypocritical on the part of the state to tell me I HAVE to wear my seatbelt, but Mr. Motorcycle guy doesn't HAVE to wear a helmet. It's as if Motorcycle riders have the freedom to be stupid, but it's assumed a car driver and their passengers can't think for themselves.
I agree, I think it was the wrong decision too.
Bikers need all the protection they can get...smart one's ride with a helmet.

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