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Buckle up children, or pay big fines

Published:Saturday | June 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Rosheika Grant, Gleaner Intern

Authorities are sending a strong signal to persons who carry their infants without using a child-restraint system by proposing an increase in the fines for this offence by just under 2000 per cent in the proposed new Road Traffic Act.

Parents who fail to make children wear seat belts or similar child-restraint systems will have to dig deep into their pockets to pay a proposed fine of $20,000. This is a significant increase from the current $1,000 fine that the offence attracts.

Seven children have been killed in road crashes since the start of the year. These proposed fines send a serious message to drivers that police and road-safety authorities are seeking to reduce the number of children who die on the nation's roads annually.

Other seat belt-related offences have also been increased in the proposed legislation. Motorists who are found not wearing their seat belt could be fined $10,000.

Additionally, drivers who fail to equip their vehicles with seat belts could be fined $10,000. Drivers who cause passengers not to wear seat belts could be fined $15,000 if the proposed bill is passed by lawmakers.

  • INCREASED FINES

Offence - Current fine - Proposed fine

❏ Driving children without a seat belt or child restraint - $1,000 - $20,000.

❏ Driver not causing passenger to wear seat belt - $500 - $15,000.

❏ Driver or person riding inmotor vehicle failing to wear seat belts.- $500 - $10,000

❏ Failing to equip motor vehiclewith the required seat belt - $500 - $10,000