The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed legislation amending the state’s seatbelt laws. Under the current laws, the failure to properly restrain a child between the ages of four and eight is a secondary offense. Therefore, a person may only be convicted if s/he has been convicted of another traffic violation or crime. Under the proposed law, the failure to properly restrain a child between the ages of four and eight will be a primary offense and therefore punishable in and of itself. The proposed law also now requires children between the ages of eight and eighteen years of age to be restrained when traveling in any vehicle. Under the current law, children between the ages of eight and eighteen are only required to wear a seatbelt when riding in the front seat of a vehicle.
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