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Q: Traffic ticket said failure to use child restraints. But she was buckeld an in boosterseat in front passenger seat

Child was fixing to be 4yrs old in her booster seat buckeled in the passenger seat..highway patrol man gave me a $279 ticket cuz she was in front seat..Oklahoma does not have a age law for the front seat so why did I get a ticket for failure to use child restraints

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Charles Watts
Charles Watts
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: A booster seat is not allowed until after they turn 4. So while the booster seat may have buckled fine in the front seat it isn’t a car seat. Therefore the patrolman was correct in the citation of failure to use child restraints because the child was not in an actual car seat. For reference here is the breakdown:

0-2 years: By law, children under 2 must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat.

2-4 years: Must be in a car seat until age 4.

4-8 years: Must be in a car seat or child booster seat until at least age 8, unless the child is taller than 4'9".

8 years or taller than 4'9": Should wear a seat belt.

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