Senator Randy Bass
Democratic Floor Leader
Senate District 32
For Immediate Release: May 22, 2015
Sen. Randy Bass
Senate approves measure updating child restraint
Even though Oklahoma requires adults to use child
passenger restraints when their children are riding in vehicles,
too many Oklahoma kids are not properly restrained, resulting in
far too many injuries and deaths in our state. That’s according
to Sen. Randy
Bass, Senate author of House Bill 1847, which was approved Friday
by the full Senate. The measure clarifies state law, with the aim
of helping parents better understand the safest way to restrain
their children when they’re riding in a car or truck.
“In 2013, 22 children in our state were killed and 607 were
seriously injured when the car or truck they were riding in was
involved in an accident,” said Bass, D-Lawton. “The
number of fatalities and serious injuries could have been cut in
half with the proper use of child restraints.”
Bass noted that last year, 69 children died as a result of traffic
accidents. In half of those fatalities where a car seat or seat
belt was required, the child was not properly restrained.
“There are child carriers that are supposed to face the back
of the car, there are booster seats, and there are seat belts. Using
the appropriate restraint based on the age, height and weight of
a child can save that child’s life,” Bass said.
HB 1847 clarifies exiting law to state that:
*Children under the age of two are required to be in rear-facing
*Children between two to four are to be in forward-facing car seats.
*Children between age four and eight and under four foot nine inches
tall must be in a
“Many people don’t understand that if a child is too
small, a seat belt without a booster seat can actually decapitate
them. It is our hope that by updating and clarifying the law and
enlisting the help of child safety advocates, we can dramatically
reduce the number of child injuries and deaths in our state,”
HB 1847 has the support of Safe Kids OK, the Oklahoma Chapter of
the American Association of Pediatrics and AAA Oklahoma. The measure
now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin for her consideration.
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