KCC’s Road Safety team launches Child In Car Safety campaign
Are you aware of the dangers of babies and children travelling in cars while inadequately restrained? KCC’s Road Safety Child In Car Safety campaign aims to raise awareness of these dangers.
With recent county figures revealing that a shocking 70% of all baby and child car seats checked across Kent are improperly fitted, a new awareness campaign will soon be launched to highlight the dangers and provide advice on anything which puts a child at risk while travelling in a car, such as an incorrectly fitted harness, car seat incompatibility and damaged car seats.
KCC’s Road Safety team will run two free car seat clinics to give advice and check the safety and condition of car seats, particularly in areas such as incorrectly fitted harnesses.
Under the key message ‘They trust you to keep them safe’, the first In-Car Safety clinic will take place on Tuesday, August 7 at the Hop Farm, near Paddock Wood, with the second clinic on Tuesday, September 4 at ASDA at Crossways Boulevard in Greenhithe. Both between 10am and 1pm.
“The team is keen to see you in person and check out your seat/seats at one of these clinics,” noted Carol Collen, KCC Road Safety Officer.
“Sometimes a minor adjustment to the harness can mean the difference between life and death.”
Apart from the checks, the team will also be on hand to highlight major problems such as a car seat incompatible with the car, a damaged car seat or a wrong size seat for a child.
“If you are not able to attend one of our clinics, then check out the KCC Road Safety Facebook page for more information,” she added.
“KCC Road Safety have created some short videos showing some of the major problems found when checking child car seats. For example, do you know what Buckle Crunch is?”