The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has announced that people driving around with their small children not strapped into car seats can now be issued a warning letter for breaking the law, and motorists are urged to report them, reports Centurion Rekord.
The minister of transport introduced a new regulation to the National Road Traffic Act, whereby officially as of May 1 2015, all children under the age of three years will have to be strapped into a car seat when travelling in a car.
“If you see someone driving around with their children not in a car seat or safely buckled up, call 0861 400 800,” said the spokesperson for the RTMC, Simon Zwane.
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The RTMC requests the following if an incident is to be reported:
– The name of the province in which the incident/offence was detected.
– The name of the city and suburb as well as the name of the street.
– The day, date and time of the incident.
– Detail of the vehicle observed: Registration number, make, model and colour.
– Detail of the incident.
“We not only encourage car seats, but seatbelts to be used in general. We would like to see a decrease in the huge number of young people dying on our roads. If all people adhered to the road safety laws, we would see a reduction of 60% in deaths on the roads,” Zwane said.
According to Arrive Alive, a child’s car seat has to comply with the South African National Standards (SANS) legislation.
Watch what could happen if you decide not to strap your kid in:
“A child restraint shall comply with the standard specification SABS 1340, ‘Child restraining devices in motor vehicles,’ and bear a certification mark or approval mark.”
According to Arrive Alive, studies have revealed that child safety seats that were correctly installed for use by children age 0-4 years could reduce the need for hospitalisation by 69% following a road crash.
Arrive Alive ensures that use of a properly installed car seat will:
– Reduce the risk of contact interior of the vehicle or reduce the severity of injuries if this occurs.
– Distribute the force of a crash over the strongest parts of the body.
– Prevent the occupant from being ejected from the vehicle on impact.
– Prevent injury to other occupants (for example in a frontal crash, unbelted rear-seated passengers can be catapulted forward and hit other occupants).