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Child restraint laws, penalties differ by state

If you're pulled over in Alabama and your child is underage and isn't in a car seat, you can get a $25 citation. (Graphic: MGN Online) If you're pulled over in Alabama and your child is underage and isn't in a car seat, you can get a $25 citation. (Graphic: MGN Online)

Children are more likely to be injured in an accident than adults. Some states have created child restraint laws that require children of certain ages to be in car seats.

The penalty for not properly restraining your child in some states like Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia is less than a speeding ticket. Car seats and seat belts help prevent injuries because in sudden stops, passengers who aren't restrained keep moving until they hit something. 

If you're pulled over in Alabama and your child is underage and isn't in a car seat, you can get a $25 citation.

In Tennessee, it's a little bit higher. If your child isn't properly restrained, you'll pay $50.

In Georgia, for your first violation, you face up to a $50 fine. If it happens again you could pay up to $100.

Each state has different age requirements. Click these links to find out more:

If you're having trouble installing your car seat, several local police departments and pediatricians will show you how to properly install it.

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