Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have one of the highest per-capita death rates due to road crashes: 17/100 000 population, being injuries suffered in traffic the main cause of death of children aged 5-14 years. Safety of children as road users, however, was not included in the agenda of countries in the region until 2007.
Within this context Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez in accordance with Decade of Action for Road Safety decided to base its strategic planning based on three main lines of action: research, training, and advocacy.
After several years of hard work with Uruguayan National Road Safety Agency –UNASEV-, municipalities, enforcing bodies, and other agencies involved, the General Regulations Act on Road Safety, including in its text the mandatory use of CRSs by all boys, girls and adolescents traveling in all private vehicles, was passed in 2012.
During the abovementioned law’s approval process and regulatation, Fundación Gonzalo Rodriguez implemented in conjunction with the Uruguayan Society of Pediatrics a recommendation seal that identified the Child Restraint Systems that met international quality standards.
This was one of the actions carried out during the law’s approval that reflected the Foundation’s network and how Fundación Gonzalo Rodriguez promotes joint work to obtain tracings results.