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Parents’ attitude to strapping in kids is a car crash, say doctors

And the researchers have offered three easy fixes to reduce the road death toll among children

Cape Town bureau chief

Doctors have called for better laws and stiffer fines to stop children being killed in road accidents.

A survey at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town found fewer than one in five children arriving by car were fastened in, even though child restraints have been required by law since April 2015.

Writing in the SA Medical Journal (http://www.samj.org.za/index.php/samj/article/view/12672/8922), University of Cape Town transport expert Aliasgher Janmohammed and four doctors said this was a “disappointing” result in a country where road accidents are the second leading cause of death in the five to 14 age group...

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