Cape Town - Most of the children who travel without a seatbelt or car seat are from poorer communities, says Professor Marion Sinclair, head of road safety research at the University of Stellenbosch.
Sinclair’s findings are based on two surveys done in 2011 and 2012, looking at seven locations around greater Cape Town.
“The extent of children being belted up is different from location to location. Poorer areas like Gugulethu and Dunoon had the lowest rates of 2 percent and 20 percent respectively,” said Sinclair.
“But even more middle-income areas like Milnerton and Bellville exhibited low rates – 59 percent in Milnerton and 40 percent in Bellville. Overall, across all areas, the rate was an average of 37 percent.”
Sinclair presented her research at a workshop titled “You can save lives” at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital yesterday. The hospital treats many children involved in car crashes, and injuries are often severe because they were not strapped in.