A TRAFFIC safety campaign focusing on seatbelt use led to the detection of 232 cases of children travelling in vehicles without any kind of child restraint system.
In 63 of the cases the child was sitting in the front seat.
Guardia Civil officers checked more than 400,000 vehicles in Spain’s roads during the week-long General Directorate of Traffic campaign. They detected 3,768 adults travelling without buckling up.
Nearly 75 per cent of the adults who were not using seatbelts were travelling on ordinary roads, on which eight out of 10 traffic accident deaths in Spain occur.
Seat belt use is obligatory for all vehicle occupants and on all types of roads in Spain.
Traffic regulations demand that child passengers with a height of 135cms or less must be in suitable retention systems according to their size and weight and must be in the back. If a vehicle does not have a back, if all the back seats are occupied by other children or if it is not possible to install any kind of child safety seat in this part of a vehicle, children can travel in the front, but always using the appropriate restraint system.
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