Iran on the way to in­crease chil­dren’s road safety

Tehran Times - - SOCIETY -

TEHRAN — While many par­ents are al­ready us­ing car seats for chil­dren in the front or rear seat of any cars in Iran it has not be­come a law yet.

How­ever, men­tion­ing the United Na­tions Decade of Ac­tion for Road Safety

2011–2020 Traf­fic Po­lice Chief Taqi Mehri ex­plained that traf­fic po­lice is plan­ning on en­forc­ing a law, man­dat­ing the use of car seats for chil­dren, in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment rec­og­nizes that road safety is a pre­req­ui­site to en­sur­ing healthy lives, pro­mot­ing well-be­ing and mak­ing cities in­clu­sive, safe, re­silient and sus­tain­able. The Decade of Ac­tion for Road Safety

2011–2020, of­fi­cially pro­claimed by the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly in March 2010, seeks to save mil­lions of lives by build­ing road safety man­age­ment ca­pac­ity; im­prov­ing the safety of road in­fra­struc­ture; fur­ther de­vel­op­ing the safety of ve­hi­cles; en­hanc­ing the be­hav­ior of road users; and im­prov­ing post-crash re­sponse. Guided by the Global Plan, the Decade of Ac­tion of­fers a frame­work for pol­icy, prac­tice and ad­vo­cacy to help coun­tries achieve the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

Mehri went on to say that us­ing car seats has be­come a cul­ture among the pub­lic grad­u­ally but there must be a law regulating its use in or­der to cut the deaths caused by road crashes among chil­dren.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 7 per­cent of the deaths at­trib­uted to traf­fic-re­lated ac­ci­dents oc­cur among chil­dren ev­ery year,” ISNA news agency quoted Mehri as say­ing on Fri­day.

He fur­ther ex­plained that chil­dren must use a car seat un­til they are 10, how­ever, he noted that the age re­quire­ments, guide­lines for cor­rect in­stal­la­tion of the car seats de­pend­ing on the age of the chil­dren, and the amount of fine in case of vi­o­lat­ing the law will be ex­plained in de­tails later.

“The law is yet to be im­ple­mented and for now we just rec­om­mend par­ents to use car seats,” he said, stat­ing that, “the wide­spread use of car seats would guar­an­tee chil­dren’s right in the so­ci­ety.”

By law, chil­dren must use the child car seat for ev­ery sin­gle jour­ney, no mat­ter how short in many parts of the world. Par­ents them­selves must set a good ex­am­ple by wear­ing their seat belts.

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