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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Tuesday, state lawmakers opened the door for a proposal to make car rides for small children safer.

The bill requires that Florida children under the age of five ride in a child safety seat when traveling in a car. The proposal by Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami, passed unanimously after years of failed attempts.

"Florida's mothers are gonna feel a little bit safer after this bill is passed," said Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach.

"This is a father issue too, thank you and I support the bill," said Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens.

"I just want to include uncles as well on behalf of my nephew who is going to be turning two in August. I want to say thank you to Sen. Flores as well," said Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay.

Violators of the bill are subject to a fine and having points accessed to their driver's license. It now heads to the governor's desk for approval.

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