SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Nebraska (KTIV) – The start of a new year means new laws are going into effect.
Nebraska has a new law going into effect on January 1 that impacts children.
Police in South Sioux City, Nebraska say all children up to age eight must now be secured in a federally approved child safety seat or a belt-positioning booster seat.
Children up to age two must now ride rear-facing or until they reach the upper weight or height limit set by the manufacturer of the car seat.
Children up to age eight must also now ride in the back seat with a seat belt not occupied by other children.
“The problem is the seat belts are designed for people, adults and they’re not designed for children. They’re not seated right or positioned right on the children’s hips or across their shoulder. It could cause major damage to the child,” says Brian VanBerkum, a Master Patrolman for South Sioux City Police.
Police say the new law is all about making sure children are safe.
“If we see a violation, we will make a traffic stop and people will be issued citations,” says VanBerkum.
Those in violation of the new law could face a $25 fine plus court costs and could lose one point on their license.