Tomorrow, Hudak bill to increase child safety to be signed by Governor
“There should be no exceptions when it comes to the safety and protection of our kids.”
AURORA— Tomorrow, Governor John Hickenlooper will sign Senate Bill 227, a bill that will help ensure the safety of Colorado kids traveling in motor vehicles. The bill, sponsored by Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) and Representatives Su Ryden (D-Aurora) and Glenn Vadd (R-Mead), will repeal the exemption to the child seatbelt law. Under current law, children under the age of 8 must be restrained in an age and size-appropriate child seat in the rear seat of a vehicle. However, legislation passed in 2010 (Senate Bill 10-110) made an exception from this requirement for children if the vehicle's rear seat was not equipped with lap and shoulder seat belts.
Senator Hudak’s bill will do away with this exemption and ensure that all children are protected by current safety standards for child restraints. Doing so will also make Colorado eligible for federal grant funding through an incentive program designed to increase the use of child safety restraints and seatbelts.
The signing ceremony will take place at Children’s Hospital, 13123 E. 16th Ave, in Aurora tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
Senator Hudak made the following comment during the Senate consideration of Senate Bill 227:
“If only one child sustains a traumatic injury from not having proper restraint in a motor vehicle, that is one child too many. There should be no exceptions when it comes to the safety and protection of our kids.
The health and safety of Colorado kids should be our top priority, and the bottom line is, proper child safety restraints prevent injuries and save lives. This bill corrects an out-dated discrepancy in Colorado law, and ensures that children will be safe and properly secured while traveling.”
WHAT: Governor to sign Senate Bill 227 “Elimination of Child Seatbelt Exception”
WHEN: Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Children’s Hospital, Front Entrance, 13123 East 16th Ave., Aurora
WHO: Governor John Hickenlooper
Senator Evie Hudak
Representative Su Ryden
Representative Glenn Vadd