Young people could end up behind the driving wheel barely five years after being allowed out of car booster seats.

As the Government prepares to include the issue of child car restraints in a discussion paper on new road safety measures, the Paediatric Society says youngsters should be kept in booster seats until they turn at least 10, to prevent horrific abdominal or neck injuries.

The Plunket Society believes height, rather than age, should be the determining factor. Both societies agree existing legislation allowing children to swap their booster seats for adult safety belts as soon as they turn 5 is leaving New Zealand behind other countries.

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