As of March 2017 the law regarding child seats has changed. However many parents have been left confused as to what the changes mean and how it affects them.
Manufacturers are no longer allowed to develop booster cushions or backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg. This is because a backless car seat offers much less protection in the event of a collision. These new regulations will not affect existing models of booster seats, and those currently in use that meet the pre-2017 standards can still be used.
It basically means parents should pay close attention to manufacturer’s labels and instructions when purchasing a booster seat, ensuring that it is appropriate for the child’s height and weight and adheres to the new legislation.
In 2015 11 children under the age of 12 were killed and 200 seriously injured while travelling in cars. There were a total of 5,093 child casualties.
THINK, STOP, LOOK LISTEN
Find a safe place to cross
First find a safe place to cross and where there is space to reach the pavement on the other side. Where there is a crossing nearby, use it. It is safer to cross using a subway, a footbridge, an island, a zebra, pelican, toucan or puffin crossing, or where there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer, a school crossing patrol or a traffic warden. Otherwise choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions. Try to avoid crossing between parked cars on a blind bend, or close to the brow of a hill. Move to a space where drivers and riders can see you clearly.
Stop just before you get to the kerb
Stop just before you get to the kerb where you can see if anything is coming. Do not get too close to the traffic. If there’s no pavement, keep back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see approaching traffic.
Look all around for traffic and listen carefully
Look all around for traffic and listen. Traffic could come from any direction. Listen carefully. You can sometimes hear traffic before you see it.
If traffic is coming let it pass
If traffic is coming, let it pass. Look all around again and listen. Do not cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you are certain that there is plenty of time. Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.
When it is safe, go straight across the road
Do not run and do not cross the road diagonally.
Keep looking and listening while you cross
In case there is any traffic you did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly. Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between lanes of traffic.