GREEN BROOK, NJ - Infants and toddlers will be required to ride in rear-facing car seats longer, according to a recently signed New Jersey law that will go into effect in September.
The new law requires babies and toddlers to sit in rear-facing car seats until they reach the age of two years or 30 pounds. The law agrees with recommendations put forth by the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP). Previously, the requirement was one year.
Green Brook Police Chief G. Christopher Kurz stated, “as both a police officer and a parent, this new law is a prudent update to the child passenger safety law and it reflects better methods for securing children in motor vehicles based upon data that has demonstrated safer practices.”
Once they are turned around, children must remain in 5-point harness car seats until they are 4-years-old or weigh 40 pounds. The new law also says that children must remain in booster seats until they reach the age of 8 or 57 inches in height.
Fines for violation of the law will range from $50 to $75.
The Green Brook Police Department recently had two officers become certified as Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians. These officers are available for the residents who need assistance with the installation of child car seats in accordance with the updated law. Residents needing assistance or further information can contact the police department by calling 732-968-1188 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Green Brook Police Department plans on launching an awareness campaign about the new law this month, by posting more information on their Facebook page, as well as making the information available to the school district.
"We'll work with the school district to make sure that parents are aware of the new law," Kurz said.