We all know that over the last few decades there have been many improvements to child safety in a motor vehicle. Some better than others. What about older children? Well, kids riding in the front seat of a car could soon be illegal.
Last week in a Massachusetts Transportation Committee hearing meeting, the state Senate bill requiring all kids under the age of 13 would need to be in a rear passenger seat of a motor vehicle whenever possible. The mandate would impose a $25 fine for drivers violating the law.
Right now, the law is only that children under 13 be restrained and properly secured with a seat belt and children under 8 must be secured in a child passenger restraint.
According to Esurance, the back seat is 59 – 86 percent safer than the front seat. And the safest seat? Rear center. Which is an additional 25% safer that the window seats.
So why do we need a law for something that should be a no brainer? Because we do. That’s why. Because otherwise people won’t listen.
I don’t know about you, but I want my child to be as safe as possible wherever they are. My kids staying in the back seat. Period.