Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 20,
Sen. Clark Jolley
Senate Gives Final Okay to Child Safety Bill
The full Senate has given final approval to a bill
to encourage more parents to buckle up their children. Currently,
the fine for failing to use proper child restraints is $10 and up
to $15 in court costs. SB 799 would boost the fine.
“Under Senate Bill 799, the fine would be waived for a first
offense and the court costs capped at $15 if the person shows proof
that they’ve obtained the appropriate child safety seats.
Subsequent offenses would carry a $50 fine and court costs,”
explained Jolley, author of the measure.
The additional revenues from the higher fine would go to the Oklahoma
Highway Safety Office which will use those funds to raise public
awareness about the importance of using child safety restraints.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that
car accidents are the leading cause of death among American children
between ages one to four.
“We want to convey the message that parents can’t afford
not to buckle their kids up—not because of a fine but because
of the tremendous danger that child faces when they’re not
properly restrained,” Jolley said. “I think this measure
will help parents think twice and hopefully save lives.”
The Edmond Republican said that an estimated 54,000 Oklahoma children
are at risk of serious injury or death because their parents fail
to use child safety seats.
Sen. Jolley pointed out that several organizations provide low or
no-cost child safety seats to parents of young children. The Oklahoma
Safe Kids Coalition can help parents find out how to obtain free
or low cost car seats at 405-271-5695 or on the web at www.oksafekids.org.
The bill now moves to the House for a final vote. If approved, it
will be sent to Gov. Brad Henry for his signature.
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