Texas Child Occupant Restraint Law
The Texas Child Occupant Restraint law has recently changed. The new state law requires all children younger than eight (8) years old to be in child passenger safety seat system. Once a child reaches eight (8) years old, they are not legally required to be in a child safety seat system. If the child is younger than eight years old, BUT they are already 4’9” tall, they are not legally required to be in a child safety seat system. The law will take effect September 1, 2009. Law enforcement officers may only enforce the new changes in the law with written or verbal warnings until June 1, 2010. However, beginning on June 1, 2010, officers may then arrest or issue a citation/notice to appear to a person committing an offense. A fine of not more than $25 can be assessed for a first offense and no more than $250 for the second or subsequent offenses.