- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - More children would have to ride in booster seats under a bill the Kentucky state legislature passed on Tuesday.

Current law requires children under 7 years old and between 40 inches and 50 inches tall to be strapped into booster seats. But the bill headed to Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk would increase the height requirement to 57 inches and the age requirement to 8 years old. However, children younger than 8 but taller than 57 inches would not have to ride in a booster seat.

State highway officials say seat belts do not fit correctly on children shorter than 57 inches and can cause serious injuries in a collision. Beshear highlighted the issue in his annual State of the Commonwealth address.

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