child in car seat

very young child in car seat

Hampshire Constabulary are supporting a global road safety campaign next week at a series of safety-check events across Hampshire.

May 4-10 is designated as the UN’s Road Safety Week and this year there’s a focus on improving safety for children travelling in vehicles.

The campaign is co-ordinated through the hashtag #SaveKidsLives.

They’re working with partners at several child car seat safety check events where you can pop along and ensure your child’s seat is correctly fitted.

The checks are free and no booking is required.

Wednesday, May 6 from 11:00am – 4:00pm
West Quay Shopping Centre Car Park
Lower floor by lifts
Southampton
SO15 1QF

Friday, May 8 from: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Tesco’s Millbrook
Teboura Way
Southampton
SO16 4QE

Sergeant Rob Heard, the Road Safety Sergeant for Hampshire Constabulary said: “We’re fully embracing this awareness week and together with our partners we want to help educated and support parents and others about the importance of looking after our children while they travel on the roads.

This week isn’t about enforcing the law, but giving people the information they need to look after children on the roads.

“Research from the Good Egg Safety team shows that last year around 71 per cent of car seats in England and Wales were incorrectly fitted and that parents receive little advice on choosing the right seat.

“Anybody can have an incorrectly fitted seat, and it is not something to feel guilty or be embarrassed about. It is certainly better to find out any problems with your seat during a checking event, than in a collision.”