Safety for the little ones

2013-03-28 11:35

Road safety campaigns flourish over holiday periods and with good reason because it’s at these times that the roads become the most dangerous.

The Easter break is on our door step, and one forum’s main focus is on child safety, specifically child seats. 


Members of Women in Road Safety (a forum of The Road Safety Foundation) have set their sights on the little passengers; they will be offering child seats as well as educating the public on how to use these safety restraints.

Clare Vale, chairperson of Women in Road Safety said: “There is a great need for information regarding the correct use of child seats in cars. Many parents are unaware of the risks they are taking when driving with their children unsecured, and others find that affordability of new seats is a problem. Our objective is to help educate the public whilst assisting those who genuinely find that the outlay for new seats is too great a hurdle in these tough times.”

“We distributed 69 seats in one weekend during our December campaign. This proves that many parents will make use of child restraints if they have access to an affordable option. However, we also found that some families were unwilling to take seats for a variety of reasons, including lack of space and children objecting to being strapped in.

There is clearly still a great need for education if we are to reduce the estimated death toll of 1 500 children on our roads every year.”

It’s important that parents ensure they use the proper seat for their child’s age, height and weight, and that these seats are used at all times, including for short trips.

Members of Women in Road Safety will be at the Shell Montrose facility with a supply of donated, refurbished child seats on hand from 12pm on Thursday, March 28 until 10pm and on Friday, March 29 from 8am until 12pm. These seats will be offered in return of an affordable donation to receive the correct size child seat.

Check out these other safety tips:
Women: Staying safe in your car
Holiday tyre safety tips

  • WollieVerstege - 2013-03-28 12:54

    If you are wondering why? http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Dad-cries-over-body-of-dead-girl-3-20130328

  • Liza Stölpe - 2013-03-28 21:59

    WORST PIC EVER if you trying to spread awareness. Children up to a minimum age of 2 should sit REAR facing. That child doesn't even look 1 year old??? Rear facing is 500% safer! Yes 500% safer! Strange how hardly any people in SA know this. The 1st company that imports affordable extended rear facing car seats into SA and start educating parents will make a killing! I wish i had the funds to do just that, hoping someone who has the means will. In the mean time go http://www.have2have.co.za/product/Graco-My-Ride-65-Convertible-Car-Seat-Prentis/101823/ for more info go to: http://www.thecarseatlady.com

      Linda Burger Beaupre - 2013-03-31 03:08

      HEAR HEAR!!! It breaks my heart to see little babies riding on mom's lap in the front seat! Do people not realize what will happen to their children in an accident? My family are constantly rolling their eyes at me because I REFUSE to let my 19 month old ride unrestrained. Yes, he is still REAR FACING and happier than ever!

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