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DESOTO — Texas PTA, the largest child advocacy organization in Texas, reminds Texas parents this week public safety officials begin to ticket adults who do not safely transport children in booster seats.

Passed in 2009, the law makes booster seats mandatory for children younger than 8 years of age or shorter than 4’9".

Safety experts, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, recommend children use booster seats until they can fit safely into an adult seat belt.

Prior to its passage in May 2009, Texas was one of only five states that had not revised their child passenger safety law.

"Nothing kills more children than car crashes. Safety seats, including booster seats, are very effective in reducing injury and preventing child death in crashes," said Texas PTA President Sharon Goldblatt.

"Our primary goal in seeking this law has been to protect children. Since the bill’s passage, we have worked to educated parents about it and to facilitate opportunities to obtain booster seats for families who cannot afford them."

Booster seat laws raise booster seat use by 40 percent and their use reduces the risk by 59 percent of severe head, spinal cord and internal organ injuries sustained when children are restrained in an adult seat belt before they are physically big enough to safely use them.

"Help us spread the word.

"Children should be in booster seats until they are 8 years old or until they are 4’9" tall. Tell your friends and neighbors. Buckle Up your children safely. It’s the law and we believe this law will save children."

Texas PTA is the largest grassroots organization in Texas with 600,000 members - parents, teachers and others who have a special interest in children, youth, families and schools.

Texas PTA is a noncommercial, nonsectarian-nonpartisan organization that does not endorse any candidate or political party.

For more information on Texas PTA, visit www.txp ta.org or contact the state office at 800-TALK-PTA.

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