Our officers are asked questions about car seat laws on a regular basis. The DPD's Traffic Unit has put together the following information to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about Georgia's Child Passenger Safety Law (GA Code 40-8-76).
All children under the age of eight are required to be properly restrained in an appropriate child passenger safety seat or booster seat.
Who is Covered?
- All children under eight years of age riding in a passenger automobile, van, or pickup truck while the vehicle is in motion on a public road, street or highway of Georgia.
Who Must Comply?
- All drivers on Georgia roadways with (see exemptions).
- Taxi cabs
- Public Transit
- In a vehicle not equipped with both lap and shoulder belts or in instances that lap and shoulder belts are being used to properly restrain other children, a lap belt can be used to restrain children weighing at least 40 pounds.
- If parent can show that the child's height is over 4'9". The child still must be restrained by a safety belt. In addition, code section 40-8-76.1 (e)(3) stipulates that each minor six years of age or older who is an occupant of a passenger vehicle must be restrained by a safety belt. "Passenger vehicles" are defined as every motor vehicle designed to carry 10 or less. The definition includes pick-up trucks for occupants under 18.
More information can be found at www.gahighwaysafety.org or you can contact the Traffic Enforcement Unit via www.daltonpdblog.org or at 706-278-9085, ext. 124. You can ask questions or schedule an appointment with a certified Child Safety Seat Technician. One of our technicians can address your concerns and/or teach you how to properly install your child safety seat.
ALSO, keep in mind that every state's laws regarding child safety seats are different. In neighboring Tennessee, children must ride in booster seats until they are nine years old. Check the laws for areas where you intend to travel before you hit the road to avoid problems.