EVALUATION OF CHILD RESTRAINT LEGISLATION

During the last decade the protection of children travelling in motor vehicles has been receiving increasing attention throughout the world. In a number of European countries children are prohibited from travelling in front seats, while in Australia four States have legislation requiring children to be restrained. This period in Australia has also seen the development of a child restraint standard and the restriction to sales of only restraints approved to the standard. The Office of Road Safety has been monitoring the effects of these developments in child occupant protection through a series of roadside surveys of restraint fitting and wearing. In addition, in 1978 the Office conducted an extensive radio and press publicity campaign aimed at increasing the fitting and use of child restraints, the use by children of conventional seat belts where child restraints are not available and the relocation of children, particularly those unrestrained, from front to rear seats. The paper discusses results of the publicity campaign and the effects of child restraint legislation in terms of observed behavioural changes and child occupant casualties. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the National Conference, Childhood Accident Prevention, Brisbane, September 20-22, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian Department of Tranpsort

    Office of Road Safety, Allara Street
    Canberra, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Boughton, C J
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308862
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1980 12:00AM