Florida Senate - 2020 SB 158 By Senator Perry 8-00229-20 2020158__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to child restraint requirements; 3 amending s. 316.613, F.S.; increasing the age of 4 children for whom operators of motor vehicles must 5 provide protection by using a crash-tested, federally 6 approved child restraint device; increasing the age of 7 children for whom a separate carrier, an integrated 8 child seat, or a child booster seat may be used; 9 providing an effective date. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 13 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 14 316.613, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 15 316.613 Child restraint requirements.— 16 (1)(a) Every operator of a motor vehicle as defined in this 17 section, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated 18 on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if 19 the child is 6
5years of age or younger, provide for protection 20 of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally 21 approved child restraint device. 22 1. For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device 23 must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer’s 24 integrated child seat. 25 2. For children aged 4 through 6 5years, a separate 26 carrier, an integrated child seat, or a child booster seat may 27 be used. However, the requirement to use a child restraint 28 device under this subparagraph does not apply when a safety belt 29 is used as required in s. 316.614(4)(a) and the child: 30 a. Is being transported gratuitously by an operator who is 31 not a member of the child’s immediate family; 32 b. Is being transported in a medical emergency situation 33 involving the child; or 34 c. Has a medical condition that necessitates an exception 35 as evidenced by appropriate documentation from a health care 36 professional. 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.