Idaho drivers: Yes, you can still get ticketed in Washington if you don’t abide by the new car seat laws

Children sit in booster seats

There are several new laws coming to Washington State with the new year, one of which affects your child’s safety.

Beginning Wednesday, Washington’s car seat laws are changing.

Starting then, children up to age two must ride in a rear-facing car seat. The law also requires children 4 years and older to ride in a booster seat until they are 4’9” tall.

Click here to see the full list of requirements.

The change has many Idaho residents wondering: “Do I need to abide by these laws if I’m driving through Washington?”

In short, the answer is yes.

As with any law, you must abide by it based on the state you’re in. Drivers who don’t could risk being ticketed.

More than just a ticket, though, it’s also a matter of safety.

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from, the laws of physics apply everywhere,” said Cpl. Teresa Fuller with the Spokane Police Department.

Fuller, who is a strong advocate for car seat safety, says Washington is more up to speed than Idaho when it comes to car seat safety laws.

“So the answer is yes, you need to abide by it, A: to not get a ticket and B: to keep your child as safe as possible,” said Fuller. “Whether in Washington or Idaho.”

READ: Here are four new Washington laws taking effect in 2020