Training sessions to National Traffic Police Department enforcers

According to UNASEV´s Child Road Crashes report, 4,489 children under 12 years were injured in road crashes between 2013 and 2015. This means 4 children are injured in traffic per day. Of all children injured, 474 were seriously injured (10.6%), 3,967 were slightly injured (88.4%) and 48 died (1.1%).

The activity aimed to provide technical knowledge on child passenger safety, being an opportunity for enforcers nationwide to ask questions and share concerns, and also to receive information on the correct use of child restraint system according to ongoing regulations.

Officers trained were in charge of enforcement in the Metropolitan Area, Maldonado, Rocha, Lavalleja, Treinta y Tres, Florida, Durazno, Tacuarembó, Rivera, Colonia, Soriano, Paysandú, Salto, Traffic Police from Canelones, Montevideo, Maldonado, San José and Soriano.

It is through this type of activities that the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez and the National Traffic Police Department aim to raise awareness and to make improvements on child transportation through a more effective enforcement.

Child restraint systems represent the appropriate protection for children when traveling in a car. Use of CRSs reduces injuries in 75% in the event of a crash, and prevents the child from being expelled from the vehicle, and from impacting other occupants and elements in the vehicle.

Newborns until they reach 1.5m should travel in a CRS suitable for their weight and height protecting them during the different stages of growth.

Uruguay has regulations on Child Restraint Systems (CRS). The Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez played a fundamental role in their promotion, as well as in the technical support regarding specifications of the regulatory decree, were recommendations by the United Nations are used as reference.


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