Four Price - Texas State Representative, Republican, District 87 | Update from Four Price

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Update from Four Price

When it comes to protecting the well-being of all Texans, my colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives continue to support legislation to improve our state’s security measures by addressing the bipartisan issue of public safety.

Last week, the House unanimously passed three bills that I authored, all aimed at strengthening the state’s ability to keep Texans safer.

·        House Bill 220 gives judges the discretion to stack the sentences of first-degree felony offenders convicted of multiple counts of abuse against a child, an elderly or a disabled person.

·        House Bill 729 enables healthcare facilities to obtain better criminal history information on those who administer care and have direct access to patients and residents.

·        House Bill 2683 increases the safety and improves the well-being of disabled Texans receiving attendant care.

Today, I received tremendous support in the House for my House Bill 1294, which passed with a vote of 137-3. This bill promotes the policy that children should be safely transported and that adults secure children in a safe, operative child safety seat system when driving. Specifically, House Bill 1294 limits the legal defense available to an offender who does not properly use an appropriate child safety seat system when driving and transporting children It allows one who receives a citation for not having a child secured in a car seat to have those charges dismissed only if a person without a car seat subsequently obtains one, was not involved in an accident when ticketed, and, at the time of the citation, did not receive a citation for another violation. As a policy matter, we want to encourage people to obtain safety seats, but more importantly, we want them to be used.

Currently, our state law allows an individual who receives a traffic citation for not having a child secured in a child safety seat to have that charge dismissed upon proof of possession of a car seat, even if the driver had the car seat for their child and simply chose not to use it. This is not sensible to me and doesn't seem to provide a sound incentive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants. When used correctly, car seats save thousands of young lives each year. Today in Texas, many hospitals and other partner organizations across the state offer free child safety seats, educational courses and safety seat inspections. The Children’s’ Hospital Association of Texas and other stakeholders have put their support behind House Bill 1294.

It’s my goal and my responsibility to support sound public policies that ensure safety for Texans, my constituents and their families.  This bill is an important measure that does just that.