Only 7% of SA children in safety seats

THE Automobile Association (AA) has warned motorists not to be flippant when it comes to the lives of children during the festive season.
This month roads will be congested with schools having closed.
Motorists are urged to ensure all passengers, especially children, buckle up. AA spokesperson Layton Beard said that according to the latest statistics, fewer than 7% of SA children are transported in car safety seats.
‘Saying this is essential would be an understatement. It is critical and studies have proven that in most road accidents children were saved by car seats,’ said spokesperson for Wheel Well, Peggie Mars.
Wheel Well is a registered Section 21 company advocating road safety for children in SA.
‘There is no excuse for a child not to be strapped in. Many organisations even provide for those who cannot afford baby seats. Car seats can keep a child in the car safe.
‘Every child has the right to safety and we understand not every parent can afford a safety seat, hence we hand them out for free.
‘We make sure they are in good repairbefore distributing them to less fortunate families,’ Mars said.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71%, but they have to be installed and used correctly.

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