In a car, children are far more susceptible than adults, so taking the time to make sure you’re using the proper kid seat (restraint) or booster might save your child’s life. When drivers and passengers do not use seat belts, they are more likely to be killed or badly hurt.
You must use the proper car seat for your child in the following situations:
- Mini buses
- Other commercial vehicles
Any youngster under the age of 14 must wear a seat belt or the appropriate child restraint. Any kid restraint used must meet either Regulation 44.04 or Regulation 129 of the European Union’s safety regulations (also known as i-Size seats). All children up to 135cm (4ft 5in) tall or 12 years old (whichever comes first) must use a proper child restraint – that is, one that is appropriate for your kid’s height or weight.
For failing to use the proper kid restraint, a £60 fixed penalty fee and three penalty points are imposed. If the matter proceeds to court, the maximum penalties for every person in the automobile may be increased to £500.
Seat Belts Save How Many Lives?
Over 22,000 individuals were killed in vehicle accidents in 2019. Nearly half of the passengers in those vehicles were not wearing seat belts. If everyone had worn their seat belts, more people could have survived vehicle accidents.
Wearing a seat belt can cut the risk of major injuries in half. The usage of a seat belt decreases the number of people who die in car accidents by 45 percent. This translates to an average of 15,000 lives saved each year due to the use of seat belts.
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