Michigan drivers may no longer be let off the hook if child passengers aren't in a safety seat.
Under a bill passed 92 to 16 Tuesday by the Republican-led state House, judges would no longer be required to waive the court penalties for not having a safety seat.
Violators now can avoid up to $103 in fines and court costs if they buy a child safety seat before their court date.
Supporters say repeat offenders borrow or rent car seats for the hearing.
Michigan requires children under age 4 to be secured in a safety seat and children under age 8 to be in a booster seat.
The Senate previously approved the bill and it now returns to that chamber for final approval.
Online:Senate Bill 97.