National Transportation Safety Board chairman outlines safety goals for Florida
Feb 9, 2011
The following article was posted to Tampa Bay Online on February 9, 2011:
NTSB chair outlines safety goals for Florida
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The head of the National Transportation Safety Board wants Florida lawmakers to require booster seats in vehicles for young children.
NTSB’s Deborah Hersman said Wednesday that Florida is one of three states nationally that does not require a restraint for youngsters who have outgrown an infant seat but not large enough to be safely protected by seat belts.
She said a booster seat would help protect a youngster up to four feet, nine inches tall.
Hersman said lawmakers should also toughen laws that would reduce deaths resulting from teens driving while distracted by cells phones, texting or having too many passengers in their vehicle. She said 6,000 highway deaths nationally last year were caused by distracted drivers.