Children 12 and below, required to be put on car seats starting Feb. 2

Children 12 and below, required to be put on car seats starting Feb. 2

- The Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act will be fully implemented starting Feb. 2, 2021

- In the said law, children who are 12 years old and below will not be allowed to sit in the front seat

- If they would be seated at the back, then they need to be strapped to a car seat or a child restraint system

- The Land Transportation Office stated that it will not apprehend violators for at least the next three months as the agency will be focusing on information dissemination

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Children 12 years old and below will be required to be put on car seats starting Feb. 2, when the full implementation of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in February last year.

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Children 12 and below, required to be put on car seats starting Feb. 2
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GMA News reported that Robert Valera, the deputy director of the Law Enforcement Service of the Land Transportation Office said that the "Child restraints in cars are intended to keep a child firmly secured in their seats so that in case of sudden braking or collision, the child would not be fatally thrown away against the car interior or ejected from the vehicle."

He also noted that while the law will be taking effect this week, they will not be apprehending violators, but would focus on information dissemination for the next three months.

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