When we know better, we do better – quote from The Forum
It’s no secret that sometimes here in SA, we’re a little slow to catch on to changes. A case in point, the legislation requiring the using of safety belts and car seats for children and babies. When large parts of the rest of the world have firm and stern laws in this regard, here in SA we appear to have less of a law and more of a suggestion. I’ve tried googling to see exactly what the law here in SA is but can’t seem to find anything concrete, it would seem that the law here suggests that if a restraint is available in the car it should be used. Which is shocking when one considers that an unrestrained child in a car, weighting in at 10kgs and travelling at 40kph will exert an extra force of 300kgs on impact!
This is an issue which seems to be gaining more media attention, especially with the efforts of sites like Buckle Me Up where we can now report “stupidity, laziness, ignorance and bad parenting”. Not to mention the regular blog posts by other mom bloggers in this regard. And tragic stories in the news like this one: “Mom refused to hand over dead baby”
Paramedics said Yanne Weng was convinced that her baby Xin Nuo was just sleeping and could not be convinced otherwise, reported Beeld.
The baby apparently didn’t have a mark on her, but paramedics declared her dead on impact.
Weng was sitting with the baby on her lap while her husband drove their bakkie on the road between Potchefstroom and Fochville when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled several times.
Stories like these are tragic, heartbreaking and such an unnecessary loss of life!
The sad reality is that while mom’s like you and I are in the fortunate position to not only be educated about the danger of not having our babies and children strapped into appropriate car seats and to be able to afford said car seats, not everyone is as fortunate. Now before you all stone me, while I know there are cheap car seats out there, even a R250 second hand car seat will be a major stretch for some, no matter how stupid or irresponsible we may think that is, it’s a simple fact.
The good news is that 94.7 Ground Patrol in conjunction with Drive More Safely are busy with a drive to collect our second hand and unused car seats for people who simply do not have the means to buy their own one.
If you are able to, drop off your second hand/unused or old car seats here this week:
TUESDAY – Hillfox Shopping Centre, Roodepoort 7am – 10am
WEDNESDAY – Xavier Boulevard, JHB South 4pm – 6pm
THURSDAY – Carlswald Shopping Centre, Midrand 7am – 10am
FRIDAY – Coachman’s Crossing, Bryanston 10am – 1pm
And if you’re not in Jozi or can’t make these dates, the please contact Drive More Safely to arrange your donation of an old car seat. All of which are cleaned and refurbished before being handed out to needing families.
Oh and here’s a great reference guide on which car seat is best at the various stages of development – Types Of Child Seats