Road Safety

With technology proving a distraction for both drivers and pedestrians, the Department for Transport have released some provisional figures for 2015-16 that suggest an increase in the number of road deaths involving children and those seriously injured.

The reported figures are a reminder of the ongoing need for all of us to be aware of road safety.

Take a look below for further information for parents and carers as well as those working with children from road safety charity Brake and Child Accident Prevention Trust.


Child Car Seats

By 1 March 2017 new rules are being introduced across Europe that will change how backless booster seats (booster cushions) are made.

The new rules mean that manufacturers aren’t allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.

The change doesn’t affect existing models of seats or cushions and doesn’t mean that they are unsafe or illegal - though parents are still being encouraged to make sure they know the rules for using child car seats. Follow the link below to read the government guidelines.

Child Car Seats: the law on using a child car seat or booster seat

Brake Pledge

Brake, is asking everyone to sign their pledge and help the roads be safer by being:

  • Slow – driving slower helps avoid crashes
  • Sober – alcohol, drugs and driving don’t mix
  • Secure – belting up everyone in the vehicle
  • Silent – not taking calls or texts when driving
  • Sharp – drivers getting their eyes tested regularly
  • Sustainable – minimising the amount of driving

Visit the Road Safety Week website to sign up for the free action pack. This offers a range of interactive resources, such as the Seat Belt Challenge, which asks primary-age children to think about how to stay safe in cars, as well as downloadable posters and tips on running your campaign or event to promote road safety awareness. 

Resources
Child Accident Prevention Trust

Child Accident Prevention Trust offers tools to support parents, carers and those working with children on road safety:

Walking

This Its Fun to Go Out booklet is a great reminder for busy parents and carers on crossing roads safely in various situations. 

If you work with children, this Road Safety poster gives a rundown of resources you can use to help make learning about road safety fun.

Car seat safety

Child car seats save lives, but choosing the right one can be confusing. Take a look at CAPT's safety reminders

In-Car Safety leaflet - sample

Victim Support

Brake's support services: 

http://www.brake.org.uk/support

Helpline: 0808 8000 401

Brake is a UK-wide provider of support services to people bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes and their carers. It offers support guides (available online and via police and other professionals), and through an accredited helpline run by experienced professionals, emotional support, practical information, advocacy and signposting.