Arizona bill would mandate use of booster seats

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PHOENIX -- Legislation to require Arizona motorists to put children ages 5 through 8 in booster seats or other age-appropriate restraint systems is advancing in the Senate.

The Public Safety and Human Services Committee endorsed the bill on a 5-0 vote Wednesday. It now goes to the full Senate after a legal review and briefings for party caucuses.

State law now requires children up to age 5 be secured in a child restraint system. But a lobbyist for State Farm Insurance says having children 5 and up in regular seat belts can result in abdominal injuries.

Violations of the proposed law would be punishable by a $50 civil penalty, though the case would be dismissed if there's proof the driver bought a booster seat.

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