Consider whether a fee schedule might prove to be a useful deterrent.

Another thing to consider when designing a car seat law is to assign a fee deterrent schedule for infractions of the car seat law. While some places and individuals might respond well to a small fee (say less than $20), other locations may need a stronger motivation to follow the law.  Also consider whether your law will incur a fine for each child not properly restrained versus just one ticket for all passengers.  To find out what fees states charge, go to:  (


Rebecca’s Experience

On the Colville reservation, members of the reservation community felt that $100 would be best. We figured it would have the most influence once word got out that tickets were being written.

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