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Are your children strapped in safely on the school run?

THE Isle of Man Road Safety partnership will be visiting primary schools around the island this week to advise motorists about the correct use of child seats and safety restraints.

The initiative will begin today (Monday) and conclude on Thursday at start and end of the school day.

Members of the partnership will be outside schools during these times to make sure safe practices are adhered to.

A spokesperson said: ‘There are som occasions when drivers are taking children to school without suitable seat belts or restraint systems. Our aim is to educate drivers and the children in respect of the legislation to keep all road users as safe as possible.’

PC Mike Crompton of the road policing unit said: ‘We are committed to the safety of all road users but especially those most vulnerable. The safety of our children should be the most important thing for us all and we would urge everyone doing the school run to ensure that all the children are travelling in the correct child restraint.

‘Sometimes when we buy a high value item such as a china tea set or a new TV we carefully pack it on the back seat of our car and drive home slowly. However do we always take the same care when carrying our children in a car? A broken tea set can be replaced, a child cannot.

‘If you are unsure that you have fitted your child seat correctly please contact the Road Safety Team on 686671 for advice.’

Leaflets will be handed out during the visits but they can also be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the following link

http://www.gov.im/transport/highways/roadsafety/campaigns/CarSafety.xml

 

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