Kids in the Back of Pickup Trucks


In Minnesota, it’s illegal for kids to ride in the back of a pickup truck. Here in Florida, counties can decide it dogs must be restrained inside a pickup truck bed, but only the state can make it illegal for kids to ride in the back. Right now, it’s only prohibited on Interstates and Toll roads.

"Accidents happen on all kind of roads and at all speeds," said MaryLynn Cullen.

An amendment to make it illegal on all roads for kids under six was offered to a transportation bill. It was quickly voted down 9 to 4.

The nine people who voted against the amendment all said the same thing: It's a great idea to ban kids from riding back here, but it's just the wrong time.

"I think it should probably be in a bill in of itself so we can debate it thoroughly," said Rep. Dan Davis.

Committee Chairman Ed Hooper, who spent 28 years as a first responder, was one of those "yes" votes.

"There is no way you can convince me it's safe to carry your child or your neighbor's child in the back of a pickup truck," said Hooper.

Arrests have been made in Florida. A babysitter was charged with child neglect for having an eight month old in that stroller but activist Mary Lynn Cullen is dismayed at this week's vote.

"Personal liberties is what they call it. I've also been told that you cannot legislate stupidity," said Cullen.

Cullen still has hope. The ban on kids under six in a bed of a pickup truck is in a Senate Bill.

Statistics are hard to come by but between 2006 and 2008, there were three deaths and 66 incapacitating injuries involving cargo bed passengers in Florida.


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