New Seat Belt Laws in 2006
Back in December, Olivia posted about her travels with two kids in tow, and whether car seats are required in cabs. Leaving the car seats behind especially if you have access to mass transit makes traveling lighter and easier. Along that topic, as of January 1, 2006 in Oregon all commercial vehicles carrying 15 or less people (e.g., taxis, limousines, etc.) are required to use safety restraints (see ORS 811.210 to 811.25 for specifics). The Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division also provides a good overview of the other laws related to child restraints. Direct from the source, here's a recap:
CHILD RESTRAINT LAW: Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until age four OR forty pounds.
BOOSTER SEAT LAW: Once a child has attained four years of age OR forty pounds in weight, then the child must be restrained in a booster seat until age six AND sixty pounds. This means the booster requirement would apply to children older than six if they have not yet attained sixty pounds, and likewise would apply to a child over sixty pounds IF they have not yet reached age six. The booster law does not apply to vehicles with lap-only belts in the rear seat.
BACK SEAT RECOMMENDATION: While it is not the law in Oregon, it is strongly recommended that children aged twelve and under ride in rear seating positions. Research indicates that such rear seating reduces the risk of injury by 37% for that age group.