The new Chilean act that came into force on March 17, states that children under 12 should always travel in the back seat of the car, wearing a seat belt or a suitable child restraint system. It also states that until turning 9 years old (or 135 cm tall and 33 kilograms) children should travel in a child seat suitable for their age, height and weight.
Since 2011, the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez has actively collaborated with the Road Safety National Commission (CONASET), providing training on child restraint systems to leaders from different sectors in the Chilean society and to CONASET staff as a preparation for the new regulation.
The Fundación also contributed with technical advice, assisting the CONASET in the change of the Traffic Act that protects children in the vehicle, based on the Uruguayan regulation (where it was a key stakeholder) sharing best practices for its implementation.
Acknowledging this joint work, the Chilean government invited the Fundación, as a leader in the area, to support CONASET in the dissemination actions of the new regulation by the media, the community and the medical sector. Mathías Silva, Training and Institutional Relations Coordinator at the Fundación, took part of the activities on March 2 - 3:
- Dissemination and press conference at Vehicle Technical Revision Plant
- Presentation and Check Up Point at Andrés Bello University in Viña del Mar
- Training for staff of the Enforcement and Control program
- Presentation and Check Up Point for Pediatricians and staff of the Mackenna children´s hospital
- Media coverage, radio, written press and television
According to CONASET, road crashes in Chile are the leading cause of death in children aged 1 - 14 y.o. Only in 2015, 73 children aged 0 - 12 years old were killed in road crashes; 4,513 resulted injured in various degrees.
Fifth Global Meeting - NGOs for Road Safety24/03/2017
Training to Traffic Enforcers in Maldonado on Child Restraint Systems17/03/2017
Safe Return to Class 7th Edition17/03/2017
The Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez supported the new child seats act in Chile08/03/2017
Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez participated in the meeting of members of the Global Initiative for Child Health and Mobility in London