Child Passenger Safety Survey in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Traffic injuries are a major cause of morbidity and mortality affecting the whole population, in all ages and gender, all around the world. In Romania, the problem is even more important as the legislative framework includes only minimal requirements regarding the use of child safety restraints and safety systems while driving. Moreover, there is a lack of programs and initiatives in addressing this issue as a whole. In a recent descriptive study conducted in Romania analyzing the road traffic crashed that have occurred during 2010 in Cluj-County, from a total on 71 children aged under 12 years of age, only three of them where using any type of child seats, and only 49% of the passengers were using seat-belts.

Aims

  1. To investigate the usability of child restraining systems in Romania when travelling as
    passengers in a car, and
  2. To investigate the knowledge and attitudes towards car safety among parents with a child age 12 and under.

Starting / Ending Date

2013 – 2015

Project Coordinator

Babeș-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca – Romania

Funding

Staff from Department of Public Health

Assistant Professor

Project Outputs

Save Kids Lives Campaign, May 4 – 10, 2015
Cluj School of Public Health in partnership with Cluj County Police Inspectorate is organizing a child passengers’ safety raising awareness week to inform parents on how to properly use child safety restraints. Parents will receive leaflets with a checklist that will guide them on how to choose child seats and booster seats appropriate for their children’s height and weight and encourage them to look for more information on our websites. The activities are part of the Third UN Week for Road Safety, May 4-10, 2015.

Child passenger safety flyer (RO).

Link with the pictures from the event in Cluj-Napoca is available here.