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Vehicle Safety Laws Not Protecting Ohioans

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The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a national alliance of consumer, medical, safety, and insurance organizations, recently gave Ohio low scores for vehicle safety laws.

The alliance specifically points out a new booster-seat law that takes effect in April this year. According to Dispatch Politics:

The new law requires children 4 through 8 years old and those shorter than 4 feet 9 inches to use booster seats with seat belts. But violating the law is a "secondary offense," meaning officers can cite someone for it only after stopping the driver for a "primary offense" such as speeding.

The alliance argues that booster-seat violations should be a primary offense.

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety also argue that Ohio should have tougher laws for teen nighttime driving, cell phone use, and tougher penalties for driving while intoxicated.