SAFETY FIRST: Seat belts are compulsory

A 3-year old girl fell off parent’s moving car and died yesterday in Maun.

Confirming the incident, Maun police station commander, Motlhaba Ramaabya said the alleged accident happened at Xhabara ward, behind Maun senior secondary school.

“Allegedly the child opened the door while the car was moving and was thrown off at a junction,” said Ramaabya.

The matter is still under police investigation.

“Parents and or guardians of minor children need to be extra vigilant when travelling with little ones. Car seats and child lock are some of the protective measures that can be used.”

The toddler is said to have been with her parents at the time of accident.

Why should parents make sure their kids use car seats?

In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children. In 2016, 723 children ages 12 years and younger died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and more than 128,000 were injured. But parents and caregivers can make a lifesaving difference.

Whenever you’re on the road, make sure children are buckled in age- and size-appropriate car seats, the best booster car seat, or seat belts. Children under age 13 should ride properly buckled in the back seat on every trip. Never place a rear-facing car seat in the front seat or in front of an airbag. Airbags can kill young children riding in the front seat.

Data shows that:

  • In 2016, restraint use saved the lives of 328 children ages 4 years and younger.
  • Car seat use reduces the risk for injury in a crashes by 71–82 percent for children when compared with seat belt use alone.
  • Booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children ages 4 to 8 years when compared with seat belt use alone.

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