CEBU CITY, Dec. 9 (PIA) -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with IDEALS Inc., and other private entities rolled out their first regional leg on the nationwide public information campaign for the child restraint system (CRS) advocacy in relation to the Child Safety Motor Vehicle Act of 2019.
The group seeks to contribute to promote Republic Act No. 11229 also known as Child Safety in Motor Vehicle Act which provides special protection to child passengers in motor vehicles.
The law was approved by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 22, 2019.
According to global studies, 186,300 children die each year from road crashes, or more than 500 children each day.
Based on the Philippines Statistics Authority data from 2006 to 2015, there is a high casualty rate of road accidents among children aged one to 18 years old.
Records show the current top cause of death among children are road crashes.
According to a study, CRS is likely to reduce the fatality by 70 percent among infants and between 54 percent to 80 percent among young children in road crashes.
RA 11229 calls for the mandatory use of child restraint system in motor vehicles where it is unlawful to the driver of the vehicle not to properly secure at all times a child in a CRS while the engine is running or transporting the child who is 12 years and below.
Unless the child is at least 150 centimeters or 59 inches in height (4'11), the child has to be properly secured using the regular seatbelt.
The CRS shall be appropriate to the child's height and weight and approved in accordance with Section 6 of the said law.
CRS does not apply to circumstances where CRS would put a child in danger, such as during medical emergencies, when the child transported has a medical or developmental condition, and other analogous circumstances prescribed under the law's implementing rules and regulations (IRR).
"We are all aware that this law is quite new to a lot of people so we wanted to make sure that the IRR will be implemented," said Jarizza Biscante of DOTr.
Biscante said the IRR has already been finalized in consultation with DTI and the DOTr.
Meanwhile, RA 11229 recognized that there is a a need to further study and determine appropriate safety measures for children being transported in public utility vehicles. (fan/pia7)