Cape Town - Thousands of young lives would be saved if motorists ensured that children in their vehicles are buckled up.
Professor Sebastian van As, head of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital trauma unit, was was commenting on an announcement that an amendment to the National Road traffic Act would make it compulsory for child passengers aged three and under to be buckled up.
The children must also be seated in appropriate seats when travelling, according to the amendment, which will take effect in April 2015.
“These new amended regulations are a step in the right direction towards the protection of young children on our roads,” Van As said.
“Parents who can afford to have a vehicle must also be in a position to ensure their children are appropriately restrained, which will undoubtedly save thousands of young lives that may have otherwise been lost in a crash.”