I imagine that there are some seven-year-old kids out there in Massachusetts who are taking the news hard.
"WHAT? I have to be in a BOOSTER seat? But, but, but. . .those are for BABIES!!! I'm too old/big/cool for a booster seat!"
Tough luck, kiddos.
Last week, Governor Patrick signed a law requiring kids be in a booster seat until the age of eight, or until they reach 4 foot 9 inches in height. I have no idea what the previous law required since I intend to keep my children in booster seats until the prom.
There are critics of this law. There are those who feel that it is another case of the government telling us how to parent, how to live. That instead of teaching parents why they should keep their kids in boosters and then letting them enforce it themselves, we now have "big brother" taking over again.
I understand that complaint. I'd like to think that most parents would learn about the dangers, would do the right thing.
But, then I think about an intelligent, caring, but misguided family friend whose tiny elementary-school-age child rides without a booster seat. Why? Because they drive a massive SUV and think that their vehicle's bulk alone will protect them.
For those kids, and others like them, I am glad to hear that this is now a requirement.
Just don't try to legislate how clean the interior of a car needs to be, OK?