An Act To Update the Laws Governing Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts
Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA §1861, last ¶, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 150, §9, is amended to read:
For purposes of this section, "personal effects" includes medications, medical equipment, clothing, mail, child safety seats restraint systems and similar items. Except for child safety seats restraint systems, items attached to the vehicle and business equipment, machinery and tools are not considered personal effects. For the purposes of this section, "child restraint system" has the same meaning as in section 2081, subsection 1, paragraph A-2.
Sec. 2. 29-A MRSA §2081, as amended by PL 2009, c. 34, §1 and c. 436, §1, is further amended to read:
§ 2081. Use of safety seat belts and child restraint systems
This bill amends the laws governing the use of seat belts and child restraint systems in motor vehicles. It defines several types of child restraint systems and establishes requirements for the use of child restraint systems based on a child's age, height and weight. It increases the fines for violations of the law. It repeals a provision in current law making the nonuse of seat belts or the failure to secure a child not admissible in evidence in a civil or criminal trial involving a motor vehicle accident.