I know, I know. Your 7 year-old HATES his booster seat. None of his friends have to use them, and it makes carpool that much more complicated. What's a good mom to do? Think about this before you kick the booster to the curb: states that require kids to sit in a booster seat until age 8 had a 35% decrease in the rate of serious injury or death from a car crash. 35%! That's huge.
The official policy is that kids should ride in a booster until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, regardless of their age. The Utah State law requires all children to be in a booster seat until they are 8 years-old, unless they are 4"9' (or 57 inches tall). Questions? Read more here.