Ariz. Senate waters down bill on booster seats

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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate on Thursday watered down a bill to require booster seats for children of certain ages while they are riding in most vehicles.

Current law requires children under 5 years old to be in a car seat, and supporters of the bill say an adult seat belt can't protect small children after they reach age 5.

The bill originally required booster seats for children ages 5 through 8, but it was amended to apply to only those through age 7.

The Senate also voted to allow enforcement of the law only in situations where an officer has pulled over a vehicle for another reason.

Republican Sen. Ron Gould of Lake Havasu City says he doesn't want "bad apple" police officers to use the law to circumvent Fourth Amendment privacy protections.

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