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Does a Texas Loophole Endanger Child Passengers?

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Though Texas does have fairly progressive child seat safety laws, there is one loophole that many don't know exists.  The law states that if there are no available seat belts, a child does not have to be restrained in a vehicle.  Though this law is intended to help those who cannot afford a bigger vehicle, the impact of the loophole was apparent after a recent deadly accident.

There were 16 passengers in an SUV when it entered an intersection with a disabled stoplight and slammed into another vehicle.  Two of the youngest passengers, ages 8 months and 3 years, were killed during the crash.  The children were not restrained at the time of the crash and despite public outcry, the driver will not be charged for improper child restraints. 

Do you think the loophole is needed?  Does it help parents or just encourage drivers to make unsafe choices concerning child passenger safety?

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