Child Passenger Safety
Get Seat-iated with the new law
Car seats and booster seats provide the protection children need to stay safe in the car. Yet many parents/caregivers are not always using the right seat. Did you know car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages birth to 13? That is why it is so important to choose the right seat and know the law for your child’s safety. Keep your child safe in their car seat, every age and every stage.
Starting January 1, 2019, Nebraska’s child passenger laws change to keep children safer as they travel. New provisions of the law include:
UP TO AGE 2
Children must ride rear-facing up to age 2 or until they reach the upper weight and height limit allowed by the car seat manufacturer
UP TO AGE 8
Children up to age 8 must ride in a correctly installed car seat or booster seat
UP TO AGE 8
Children up to age 8 must ride in the back seat, as long as there is a back seat equipped with a seat belt and is not already occupied by other children under eight years of age.
2018 Child Safety Seat/Booster Seat Survey indicate 97.4% of the children observed, urban and rural counties were using car safety seats
There are over 400-trained Child Passenger Safety Technicians across the state of Nebraska.
In 2017, 39% of children (ages 0-15) involved in all Motor Vehicle Crashes were not using a safety restraint.
Every year, 1,000 Nebraskans receive citations/convictions for improper or no child restraint use
(5-year average 2012-2017).