By Marie-Therese Nanlong
JOS—THE Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Zone 4, Jonas Agwu has called on journalists to key into the Corps’ ongoing “Child Safety Campaign” by being involved and also educating motorists on the need to use seat belts.
Mr. Agwu during a sensitisation visit to the Plateau State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Jos stated that the campaign tagged, “Don’t kill the child, kill the speed, use a car seat” is about child safety while driving.
He cautioned that adults should not lap children in a vehicle but use convenient car seat suitable for the child’s age to avoid a child being thrown out of car through the window in the case of any crash.
According to him, “Did you know that it is not safe to lap a child in a vehicle? Did you know that it is not safe for children under 12 years to seat on the front passenger seat? Did you know that the safest way to carry a child is to use a child seat that is suitable for his/her weight and size?”
“At a speed of about 48.3KM/PH, an unrestrained child would be thrown forward with a force 30 to 60 times his/her body weight, such a child could be ejected from that car through one of the windows hence the need to take this campaign serious.”
The State NUJ Chairman, Mr. Paul Jatau, appreciated the visit saying his members learned a lot and would take it upon themselves to educate others to ensure child safety while in a moving vehicle.