Child seat laws reduce injuries

The number of children under 12 injured in car accidents fell by more than 1,000 in the first full year since new car seat laws were introduced, latest figures have revealed.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said the data proves that the legislation, introduced in September 2006, is working.

The legislation made it law for children under 12 and below 4ft 5in (1.35m) to use child car seats or booster seats.

The last year before the law came in was 2005 when 7,033, children under 12 were injured while passengers in cars, and 326 of them were killed or seriously injured. Last year, the number hurt had fallen to 5,927, with 271 killed or seriously injured.

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA head of road safety, said: "This is more good news following the announcement in the summer that road deaths in Britain were down to 2,946 - the first time they have fallen below 3,000 since records began 80 years ago.

"It shows that child car seats work and when children are using the correct restraint for their size they have a better chance of surviving an accident.

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