The new Louisiana car seat safety laws are scheduled to go into effect August 1 and is being called one of the best car seat laws in the country.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in children in the United States with many of them being the result of an improperly installed or misused car seats.
The new car seat law mirrors the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released child seat recommendations and replaces the previous law based on a child’s height and weight that was implemented in 1984 and updated in 2009.
The new law requires children under the age of two to ride in a rear-facing car seat while children two to four years of age must ride in a forward-facing seat with an internal seat belt.
Children aged four to nine must ride in a booster seat using a lap shoulder seat belt. Children nine years of age to twelve are able to ride without a booster so long as they meet the height requirements and they fit into the car’s seat properly.
All children under the age of thirteen are now required to ride in the back seat of the car.
Louisiana State Police offer child seat inspection and assistance in installation at no cost.
Troop D, which serves Beauregard Parish and conducts inspections by appointment only.
They ask that you call Trooper Derek Senegal at 337-491-2919 to scheduled a time for them to work with you.
Troop E, serves Vernon Parish and conducts seat inspections every day of the week 24/7. An appointment is not necessary, but is recommended. To contact them call Master Trooper Scott Moreau at 318-769-9577.