Hi steeleyma, Once again it is the scientific experts who have introduced
this to the government who in turn make it law.
I have seen children kneeling on the back seat of cars waving out the
back window to other motorists.
The Kids don't know any better although the driver should have.
The new introductions may well be confusing as the LAW is set out
to deal with this issue but on the whole it is more of a safety
awareness warning and the possible consequences for that would
follow if there is an accident and ALL our children were not better
Much like you I was always lead to believe that children were
safer underneath the window level so we are all learning what
is best and the sales of car seats have rocketed.
Here is a useful link on the topic:
Countdown to new child car seat laws...
With just under a week to go until the new child car seat laws come
into force parents are being urged to make sure that they are familiar
with the changes. The changes are expected to save up to 2000 child casualties per year.
The new law comes into force on Monday 18 September and will
require drivers to ensure that all children under 135cms (4' 5") or age
12, whichever they reach first, use an appropriate car restraint when travelling in their vehicle.
Road Safety Minister Stephen Ladyman said:
"I would urge all parents to check that they are using appropriate
child seats or booster seats. Using the right seat for the size of the
child will give parents peace of mind and help to ensure that children
are as safe as possible in the vehicle at all times.
"Most people do use some kind of child restraint but it is very important
to use the right one for the size of the child and to take the time to fit
it properly; and not to use an adult belt before the child is big enough."
Parents can get expert child car seat safety advice from in store experts
at a number of retailers. Halfords, Mothercare and Toys R Us, and other stores have been supporting the DfT's THINK! road safety campaign and
the change in the law by providing special offers on car seats and
booster seats from July to September 2006.
Parents unsure whether their children must use a child restraint
should consider the following:
* Check the height of your child. Children up to 135cm in height
(and under 12 years old), need to use a child seat, booster seat or
booster cushion suitable for their weight.
* Before you buy or use any child restraint, check the label to make
sure it is suitable for the child's weight.
* Check that any restraint is securely fitted. If your child travels in
more than one vehicle, check the car seat or restraint fits each car
so it can be moved between them each time they travel.
* Get expert advice. Many retailers have trained in-store experts who
can advise on the best kind of car seat for a child and can demonstrate
how to fit it.
For more information, parents can visit http://www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk
or call our helpline for a leaflet 0800 32 72 52.
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Research was conducted by market information group, TNS amongst
3989 adults during May 2005.
2. A child restraint is a collective term for car seats, high backed
booster seats and booster cushions
3. 135 cm is approximately 4ft 5ins.
4. The updated regulations will implement European Directive
2003/20/EC (which updates Directive 91/671/EEC).
5. For more information on the change in child car restraint legislation,
please visit http://www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk/campaigns/childcarseats
6. or call Freephone 08000 32 72 52 for a leaflet.
7. Penalties for offenders remain at a £30 fixed penalty notice or a maximum fine of £500 if a case goes to court.
Public Enquiries: 020 7944 8300
Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk