New child passenger safety law takes affect August 1

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The child passenger safety law in North Dakota is changing August 1st.

It requires more children to ride in booster or car seats. One parent we talked to says she's happy about the revision.

Retha Mattern's children, five-year-old Clara and two-year-old Finn, know they need to be secured in their car seats before taking off.

"My car seat keeps me safe." - Clara Mattern, Bismarck

"There's more data that comes out about what's the safest way to have a child ride in the car." - Retha Mattern, Bismarck

Mattern says child passenger safety is always changing. She's in support of the state law effective August 1st that requires children to ride in a restraint until they're eight years of age. It excludes kids four feet nine inches tall or greater.

"I see a lot of parents commenting well why do we need to make this change my kid's big and it really has nothing to do as much with the size of your child as it really is their bone growth and their bone development." - Mattern

Breaking the law carries a 25 dollar fine and a one point reduction on the driver's license. Bismarck Police say parents need to also be familiar with their child car seats and how they work.

"If they're not secured properly they still risk injury even if they stay in the seat. They may be injured as far as the seatbelt goes up around their neck or else if they're not fastened secure enough they can go forward." - Officer Pat Renz, Bismarck Police Department

"Renz also recommends registering your car seats in case there's a recall." - stand-up

Police say to contact your local law enforcement or the department of health if you have questions about child restraints.