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, Feb. 9 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.