LV study finds drivers flout child seat laws
on: October 2, 2008, 6:02 am
Release Author: LV=
Release Summary: LV= has carried out research revealing that despite
safety risks, one in six drivers break the law regarding child
car seats, with family friends the most likely to put children
Release Body: New research carried out by LV=,
the UK car insurer, has revealed that one in six drivers are breaking
child car seat laws and putting their young passengers' safety
law, drivers must ensure that all children younger than 12 and
shorter than 135cm (4'5") use a child or booster seat. Without
this, the risk of fatality or injury in the event of an accident
rises by 71% and 69% respectively.
new laws were introduced in 2006 and the research by car
insurer LV= has found many drivers are ignorant
of their legal duty of care. One in five (21%) of those who fail
to comply with the law say they are unaware the guidelines even
one in ten of those who are aware of the guidelines say they just
disregard them and don't bother to fit safety seats, despite the
fact that the laws were brought in to ensure that all children
are protected on the roads, to reduce fatalities and injuries.
only is the failure to use a proper child seat dangerous for both
the passenger and the driver, it also carries a potential penalty
fine of £500.
LV= study shows that children are most at risk
when travelling with friends of the family, with over a quarter
(26%) of those admitting to not using car child seats.
research also found that even in cases when an appropriate car
seat is used, almost a quarter of drivers (24%) say they do not
check the safety seat is installed properly, potentially putting
their young passengers in danger.
2007 there were more than 3000 child casualties as a result of
road accidents, including 121 fatalities. With such high stakes,
LV= is today calling on all drivers to ensure they take
every precaution and install appropriate safety equipment, to
protect themselves and their passengers from harm.
O'Roarke, Managing Director of LV=
Car Insurance, said: "Huge strides have
been made to improve child safety on the road in recent years,
not least with the introduction of compulsory child seats in 2006.
However, it's clear that many drivers are still confused about
the law and for one reason or another, are not following the legislation.
So we'd urge all drivers to make sure they're aware of the guidelines
- child seats can take just five minutes to install and greatly
reduce the chances of injury to everyone in the car."
will automatically replace child safety seats for anyone who has
taken out their car
insurance policy whose car has been in an accident, even if
the seat looks undamaged.
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Friendly Society Limited and LV= and LV= Liverpool Victoria are
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Notes to Editors:
Omnibus research was carried out on behalf of LV
by YouGov. A nationally representative sample of 2014 adults was
questioned online between 4 and 7 August 2008. Results are weighted
to be representative of the UK adult population. YouGov is a member
of the British Polling Council.
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