As Parents we have a responsibility towards our children, to love them, care for them, provide for them and protect them.
As a child our family were fortunate enough to always have a vehicle and our Parents only rule in it was that every passenger HAD to have a seatbelt on at ALL times. This was never something we negotiated or fought about it.
So why nowadays is it easy to just let it slide and allow our kids to dictate their need or lack thereof for seatbelts or to be in a car seat? Because it keeps the peace, right? I know, I’ve been there. I’ve had to bribe and beg my kids before embarking on our journey to buckle up, and I always win. But should this even be a conversation? The answer is simple, no.
I work in a hospital and it hasn’t always been rainbows, unicorn poop and new babies. Motor vehicle accidents is one of the highest contributing factors in patients being admitted to any Emergency Centre with serious injuries.
Car seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71 % for infants and 54 % for toddlers.
Currently only 15% of South African children in cars are restrained; that is 85% of children who are not.
Reading these stats are heartbreaking so when Mandy from Pregnant in Cape Town asked me to be a part of this campaign I immediately said yes.
If I can make even the smallest difference in decreasing the stats (or bringing about awareness and increasing the amount of children who are restrained while in a moving vehicle) then I’m going to try, so why not use my voice.
My children’s lives are important, that is why this is a non-negotiable in our home. I cannot tell you the amount of times I’m on the road and see kids standing on the backseat of a moving car or Moms sitting on the backseat holding an unrestrained baby in their arms, it makes my blood boil!
There will be 2 kinds of people who will read this post, those who agree with me wholeheartedly and those who will read this and say BUT. But here’s the thing, THERE ARE NO BUTS! If you’ve ever been on the receiving end of my confrontations about this, well then it sucks being you. I do it because I care, your child could be my child!
In honor of Madiba Day we have realized that 67 minutes is not enough. The #CareseatFullstop initiative is encouraging everyone to drop off all their used or even new car seats at any Renault across the country for the 67 days. These seats will be refurished, cleaned and redistributed by Wheel Well to families who cannot afford to buy these seats.
If you feel as passionately about it like I do then please like the post and share on your social media platforms. Let’s speak together with one voice. As Parents lets instill healthy safe habits from the start.
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