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Oklahoma Governor Signs Child Passenger Restraint Measure

Deborah Austin
Children's car seat.

Legislation intended to protect Oklahoma children from being killed or maimed in traffic accidents has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill by House Democratic Leader Scott Inmanof Del City requires a child under the age of 2 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children between 2 and 8 or a child shorter than four-feet, nine-inches must be properly secured in an appropriate child-restraint system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a child under the age of 2 who is involved in an accident while facing forward has a 75 percent greater chance of being seriously injured or killed.

The measure is among four bills signed into law and one that was vetoed on Friday.

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