Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 225 into law, which changed the requirements for child seats and the penalty for the driver if these requirements are not met. These changes will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
The law states every operator of a motor vehicle, while transporting a child five-years-old and younger in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets or highways of Florida must have the child in a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device.
For children aged through three years, a restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s integrated child seat. For children aged four through five years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat or a child booster seat may be used.
Any person who violates this commits a moving violation and shall face a fine and have three points assessed against his or her driver’s license. In lieu of the fine and the assessment of points, a person may elect, with the court’s approval, to participate in a child restraint safety program approved by the chief judge of the circuit in which the violation occurs, and, upon completing such program, the fine and associated costs may be waived at the court’s discretion and the assessment of points shall be waived. The child restraint safety program must use a course approved by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and the fee for the course must bear a reasonable relationship to the cost of providing the course.