Speaking of Ridiculous Regulation….

The California legislature has approved new rules on booster seats.  Starting this year passengers aged 6 and 7 will be required to ride in a booster seat unless they are at least 4’9″ tall.  Supposedly traffic research shows that children aged 4 to 7 are 59% less likely to be injured in a crash if they are in a booster seat rather than wearing a seat belt.

Okay, on the face of that it sounds fine.  However, did they test that a 6′ adult in a booster seat would be 59% less likely?  No, of course they didn’t.  Will they, and will we all be required to install a “booster seat” when it’s found that we, too, are 59% less likely in a seat with nice sides and additional belts.  Sorry folks, but his is just one more example of the imbicility of out-of-control govermental regulation.

My wife was 4’8″ tall when she entered high school, and by the rule of physics, just because she was fourteen years old or so, she would have been 59% less likely to be injured in a car crash had she been required to ride in a car seat.  How do you think that would have worked out for her?  If you know her, you’ll know you’d have a cold steak on your eye should you have suggested it.

We live in times where government employees trying to justify their jobs are ruining the world, destroying our economy, and would be much better off if they worked in the private sector where they would soon not get a paycheck unless they did something constructive.

However, it’s good for the booster chair companies, until some liability attorney gets to them.  Now, if the California legislature wants to pass some good legislation, how about court case losers paying the total court costs and attorney fees for both sides?  That would do some good.


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