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Children’s Car Seats Still a Rarity

Experts call for laws mandating use of devices to save lives

Millions of Chinese parents are putting their children’s lives in danger by not using child car seats, safety experts and industry insiders warn.

China had 114 million automobiles on the road by the end of June, and 76 percent of them were private cars, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

One expert’s “optimistic” estimate put the number of child car seats in daily use at just 800,000.

“It’s just impossible only 1 percent of families with a car have children,” said Liang Mei, executive vice-president of the China Toy and Juvenile Products Association.

She said it is more likely the public ignores the safety seats even though they are effective in protecting youngsters in car accidents.

The association advises Chinese families to use car seats – of appropriate sizes – for children up to age 12.

“It’s common to see a newborn baby in a safety seat the first time it is taken in a car in the US and some European countries,” Liang said. “But only a few parents have such safety awareness in China.”

Wang Chunyan, who has a 5-year-old daughter, said she spent 1,500 yuan ($240) on a US-brand car seat three years ago, but has rarely used it.

“I understand the importance, but it was hard to get into the habit of using it, both for her and me,” said the 41-year-old Beijing resident. “The seat took up too much room in my little car. Plus, my daughter felt uncomfortable and kept crying. So I finally gave up.”

Wang said not many of her friends have persisted with child car seats.

“It’s true that most of us are taking a chance by not using the seats, but we always drive carefully, and cars go slowly anyway because of the frequent traffic jams,” she added. “I always put my daughter in the back seat and get someone to sit with her.”

Xinhua News Agency reported that about 18,500 children under age 14 die in traffic accidents in China every year.

A child who weighs 10 kg and is traveling at 50 km per hour in a car has a force impact of 300 kg in a crash, according the China Automotive Technology and Research Center.

“At this speed, it’s impossible to protect a child,” Liang said. “In some tragedies, children are even thrown through the windshield.”

Some parents remain unconvinced.

A 38-year-old Beijing mother who asked to be identified as Han said she would never put her 7-year-old boy in an child car seat, adding that it would be “weird” and that she had “never seen anyone else do so when she drove him to and from school”.

Her comments come just months after traffic surveillance footage released online showed a father leaping from his moving minivan to save his 2-year-old daughter, who had fallen out of the passenger door at a busy intersection in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province.

The man, identified only as He, told police the toddler had crawled from the back into the front seat and opened the door. The girl escaped with just minor cuts and bruises.

Likely to catch on

Although usage is currently extremely low, industry insiders say child car seats will gradually become more popular, especially in large cities, as more parents accept the seats as necessities.

From June to mid-November, car seat sales were double those of the first five months of the year, according to Leyou, a large Chinese store specializing in maternal and baby products. It did not provide statistics.

Cao Guangming, president of Best Baby Car Seat MFG and Lucky Baby Safety System MFG, in Jiangsu province, said domestic sales of the two companies are expected to reach 100,000 this year, compared with 30,000 in 2011.

“Our products are mostly exported now,” he said. “Compared with years of high demand in overseas markets, domestic consumption is limited.

“China urgently needs to make child car seats mandatory to reduce the risks to children, such as the measures introduced in the US, Australia and some European countries.”

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Rajkot Businessman Killed in Accident

RAJKOT: A businessman residing in Karanpara area of the city was killed in a road accident near Sayla on Rajkot – Ahmedabad highway on Monday morning. Parag Turakhiya (53) was returning with his wife and younger brother from Ahmedabad after having dropped his sister Shobana there when his car collided with a truck.
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Family of Accident Victim Donates his Organs

COIMBATORE: In a noble gesture, the family members of a 23-year-old youth who succumbed to injuries sustained in a road mishap, donated his vital organs, giving a new lease of life to at least five others after a team of doctors successfully harvested his organs on Sunday evening. The victim, M Dharmarajan of Ayyappa Nagar in Mettupalayam was declared brain dead on Saturday afternoon at KG Hospital here in the city. The family members consented to donate his vital organs and the procedure was completed by Sunday evening.

“I have known Dharmarajan since childhood and we were thick friends. His parents and wife have done a very noble act during a difficult time,” said P Sivasankar, a close friend of Dharmarajan and his neighbhour in Ayyapa Nagar in Mettupalayam.
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Road Mishaps Biggest Youth killer: WHO report

NEW DELHI: It’s not HIV/AIDS or any other disease which is the leading killer of productive youth across the globe but road accidents. A World Health Organization (WHO) report shows that 3,35,805 people in the 15-29 years age group succumb to road accident injuries annually and it’s no different in India. At least 30% of road fatalities here are in this age group of 15-25.
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Nine killed in Jaipur Road Mishap

Jaipur: Nine people, including four children, were killed when their vehicle rammed into a stationary truck in Rajasthan’s Pali district, police said on Tuesday.

The families of Mahendra Singh and Ashok were on their way to Jodhpur from Jaipur when the accident occurred in Jaitran on Monday night, police said.
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Bikers Unsafe: 3 fatal crashes in a day

NEW DELHI: Three fatal accidents on Thursday again highlighted the vulnerability of motorcycle riders in Delhi’s traffic. While in the first case a teenager died after crashing his bike into the divider near Kirari Phatak in Sultanpuri, Sadatpuri Extension resident Udayveer Singh was killed near Nigambodh Ghat when another vehicle hit his bike. In the third accident, Shakurpur resident Divesh Vats (30) died after being hit by an unknown vehicle over the Sagarpur flyover on Pankha Road. The three accidents occurred in the daytime, between 1.10pm and 5.30pm.

Although biker fatalities are down this year, in line with the overall downtrend in accidents, police say the proportion of bikers killed in accidents remains high. “Records have shown that those on a two-wheeler are the most vulnerable after pedestrians,” said joint commissioner of police (traffic) Satyendra Garg, adding that biker fatalities account for nearly 30% of road accident deaths in the city.
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Egypt’s Transport Minister Resigns after 50 Killed in Road Crash

MOSCOW, November 17 (RIA Novosti) – Egypt’s Transport Minister Mohammad Rashad al-Metini resigned following a road crash on Saturday that killed 50 people, mainly school children.

Eighteen others were seriously injured when a train collided with a school bus in the central Egyptian province of Assiut, the Mena news agency reported.

There were about 60 children between four and six years old on the bus when it stuck on a railway crossing near a village in the Manfaloot district.
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Egyptian train hits school bus, 51 killed

ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) — A speeding train that crashed into a bus carrying Egyptian children to their kindergarten on Saturday killed 51 and prompted a wave of anger against a government under mounting pressure to rectify the former regime’s legacy of neglect.

The crash, which killed children between four and six years old and three adults, led to local protests and accusations from outraged Egyptians that President Mohammed Morsi is failing to deliver on the demands of last year’s uprising for basic rights, dignity and social justice.
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U.N. World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

A 12 feet GIANT CANDLE was lighted at Plaza, Sector 17, Chandigarh as a reminder to the Decision Makers, Authorities and Engineers (Building Roads and Vehicles) to make Safer Roads and to the Public so they follow traffic rules.

The standard sized candles were lighted, as it has now become a ritual to remember people lost in road accidents using candles.

As per this year’s theme, “Now is the time to learn from the past” and move on “From Global Remembrance to Global Action on Road Safety”. The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 – with its goal to save 5 million lives – serves as a mechanism for countries to gain the knowledge and experience, which have benefitted others.

More than 50 volunteers of ArriveSAFE participated in the event. The officials of Chandigarh Traffic Police set up a stall and distributed educational content on Road Safety to the people.

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Wrong Driver beaten to Death in Accident Case

TRICHY: In a case of mistaken identity, an innocent man who had been summoned by police to drive a vehicle that had met with an accident, was beaten to death as he was misconstrued to be the person who caused the accident killing one person.

A certain Rajesh was riding a two-wheeler near Manakkal in Lalgudi taluk with his father Murthy as pillion when a sand-laden truck on its way to Trichy from Anbil hit the bike head-on. Strangely, Rajesh, the rider, escaped with simple injuries, while his father Murthy got entangled in the rear wheel of the truck and was crushed to death. Martin, the driver of the truck, fled the scene and he could not be traced until late in the night.
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Activists spread road safety message on Diwali

PUNE: Social organisations and noted cartoonist and traffic safety activist Mangesh Tendulkar distributed road safety awareness greeting cards to people on the occasion of Diwali on Tuesday.

The Diwali cards had special cartoons created by Tendulkar. He has been spreading the message of road safety for the last 12 years, with his cartoons depicting the risks of not following traffic rules.
On Tuesday, Tendulkar and members of Creative Foundation, Nature Walk, India Against Corruption, and other social organisations, distributed the cards at Nal Stop on Karve Road. Tendulkar said the activists would distribute the cards for the next four days.
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Toyota builds new road safety facility to test cars that communicate with each other, roads

SUSONO, Japan — Toyota Motor Corp. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums.
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Road Deaths Fall Dramatically in Economic Downturn

The economic downturn has dramatically cut the number of deaths on Britain’s roads, new research suggests.

Since Britain went into recession the number of people killed on the roads has fallen by more than a third, from 2,946 in 2007 to 1,901 in 2011.

The dramatic drop coincided with a general fall in traffic as cash-strapped motorists cut down on journeys, a reduction in drink-drive casualties as people sacrifice nights out and a drop in young males taking their driving tests.
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Sensors to help Drive New Road Safety Bid

AUSTRALIA will undertake its first “naturalistic” driving study when 400 cars are equipped with state-of-the-art technology to capture driver behaviour.
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Seven most popular car models to undergo crash tests from Thursday

KAJANG: Seven of the country’s most popular cars will be undergoing crash tests from Thursday – Jan 10 to ascertain its safety.

The seven are sedan cars from Nissan, Hyundai, Proton, Honda, Toyota, Ford and Perodua.

Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) vehicle safety and biomechanics research centre director Dr Norlen Mohamed said the tests were part of the government’s initiative to lower accidents and road-related deaths.

“We want vehicle safety to be one of the criteria to be consider by consumers before buying a car,” he said at a media briefing.
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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Statement of the Chair of the UN Road Safety Collaboration
Dr Etienne Krug
Esteemed colleagues and friends,
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Traffic Police, MOE to review Road Safety Education

SINGAPORE – The Traffic Police (TP) and Education Ministry are reviewing and developing age-appropriate road safety education schemes.

In January and October this year, fatal road accidents involving children occurred along Sembawang Drive outside a primary school.

TP recently conducted daily observations of the road over a 10-day period to determine if the area needed further safety measures to be implemented.
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Children are given a Road Safety Lesson

CHILDREN at the Stepping Stones day nursery, in Arboretum Street, Nottingham, have been learning about of the importance of road safety.

Road safety officer Alison Adlington visited the nursery on Friday November 9, ahead of Road Safety Week, which runs from November 19 to 25.
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Three killed, one injured in road accident

FATEHABAD: Three persons were killed and one person was injured when their vehicle collided head on with a speeding truck in Jandli Khurd village of the district on Sunday morning.

The deceased were identified as Satyanaryan, 50, Babblu, 25, and Hari Singh, 60, all residents of Jandali Khurd village. Satyanaryan and Babblu died on the spot, while Hari Singh died on way to hospital. Police have sent the bodies for postmortem in the local general hospital.
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Six killed in two Road Mishaps in Nashik

Nashik, Maharashtra: Six persons, including a woman and a minor, were killed in two separate accidents in Chandvad taluka near Nashik, police said on Tuesday.

Four persons were killed when their car collided with a truck near Dugaon on Chandvad-Manmad road on Monday evening.

The mishap occurred when the truck was proceeding from Chandvad to Manmad while the car was coming from the opposite direction.
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