I consider myself an intelligent, well-read individual. I was pretty smug in the knowledge that I have kept my children safe where possible on the roads. I’ve used baby seats and car seats all along. I’ve insisted my friends do the same when they transport my children. So I stupidly thought I knew it all.
I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Did you know that 85% of South African children are NOT transported in car seats? Quite shocking right? While reading all the material and researching for this campaign, I came across even more statistics that shocked, frightened and saddened me!
The 4th leading cause of unnatural deaths in our country is car passenger deaths in children (Medical Research Council).
Not to mention all the children that are seriously injured or disabled on a daily basis. The Red Cross Children’s Hospital alone treats approximately 20 children for injuries sustained in car crashes at every month.
When a car crashes or suddenly stops, the body takes on the weight of the speed you were travelling multiplied by your actual weight.
If your baby weighs 10 kg, and you’re driving 60km per hour, when you hit something your baby will take on the weight of 600kg. No person will be able to hold onto that baby or child. They would be thrown about inside the vehicle. Not only will they injure themselves, they’ll quite possibly seriously injure (or even kill) anyone else inside the vehicle. They are also likely to be thrown from the car through one of the windows – straight through that glass. Read the full article here: Is the alternative my child dying?
The angle I wanted to take for my written contribution to this campaign was what we, as individuals could do, aside from sharing the hell out of this campaign and helping to inform as many people as possible, to assist those who potentially don’t have the means to purchase their own car seats and keep their children safer on the roads.
Today is Nelson Mandela day and people around the country are doing their bit in the 67 minutes. But 67 minutes isn’t enough to keep our children safe on our roads. As part of the #CarseatFullstop campaign, we want to encourage you to make the world around you a better place by donating your old or unused car seats for the next 67 days!
Be sure to SHARE!
You have the power to save a little life. One share, seen by one person, who straps in one child, saves a life. #CarseatFullstop