'The one thing you can do to ensure the survival of your child is a car seat'

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) urges drivers to report parents on 0861 400 800 for driving without strapping children in a car seat.

RTMC says the driver of the car will be issued a warning letter for breaking the law.

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.

Joanne Joseph speaks to Wheel Well founder Peggie Mars who runs a non-profit organisation where they alleviate the financial burden by receiving donated child safety seats to create a "seat exchange", where lower-income families can receive child restraints in return for an affordable donation.

The road death of children as passengers is on the increase, and the car seat is the only thing that can save their lives. On average, five children die as a passenger every single day, and it can be prevented.

Peggie Mars, Founder - Wheel Well

The one thing you can do to ensure the survival of your child is a car seat.

Peggie Mars, Founder - Wheel Well

Mars says they have not seen parents who were sent by the metro police to them to get a car seat.

It's very uncommon for a parent to come to us and say they have been stopped by the metro police and given a warning. Most parents come out of their own conviction.

Peggie Mars, Founder - Wheel Well

She expresses her concern over the lack of information on the importance of car seats.

There isn't enough information. Every parent should be circulating the information on the safety of car seats.

Peggie Mars, Founder - Wheel Well

Listen to the full interaction below...


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