In just seven days the DGT caught 167 children under 12 traveling with no seat belt or child restraint system (CRS). Also, 46 of them were traveling in the front seat. These are the results of the DGT's latest seat belt and CRS campaign. In the same week 2,728 people were also found to be traveling with no seat belts.
The probability of dying in a traffic accident are cut by 80% if you're wearing a seat belt. Despite this risk many drivers and passengers still ignore these warnings. According to the DGT's latest campaign.
These 2,728 people were stopped by the Civil Guard's highway officers between 14 and 20 March on inter-city roads across Spain. However, as this figure does not include the Basque Country and Catalonia the total could be much higher.
A total of 379,246 vehicles were checked and 2,728 people fined. Of these, 167 were aged under 12 and were traveling with no seat belt or child restraint system. Of these, 46 children were in the front seat and 121 were in the back.
ALWAYS IN THE BACK SEAT
Spanish legislation states that from October 1, 2015 all children 135cm or less in height must travel in the back seat and use an approved restraint system appropriate to their height and weight. There are only three exceptions:
- If the vehicle does not have any back seats.
- If all the back seats are occupied by other children with the respective restraint system.
- If restraint systems cannot be installed on those seats.
Highway officer can even immobilize the vehicle in which the minor is traveling without the appropriate CRS./p>
Child restraint systems must also be fitted in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
If you are in any doubt just watch this video: