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If we’re going to sound like broken records, so be it. Time and time again, we at paultan.org, along with other bodies, have stressed on the importance of safety – be it buckling up in front and at the rear, for both adult and child passengers. The latter with the appropriate child restraint system and method, of course.

Unfortunately, flip open today’s paper and we can almost guarantee that one will come across a piece on traffic accidents and, as pessimistic as it may sound, corresponding casualties. Rewind just a couple of weeks ago to the infamous traffic accident on the DUKE highway where an infant was flung out of the vehicle. Earlier this year, a similar accident was recorded whereby a 20-month toddler was ejected from the vehicle.

As a result, Volkswagen Malaysia has teamed up with the Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia (PPBM) to organise child passenger safety (CSP) training workshops across 280 childcare centres nationwide. Aimed at raising awareness on the importance of CPS, the workshop will see certified trainers from PPBM’s network educate the personnel of the childcare centres involved.

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The ‘Child Passenger Safety’ campaign was launched earlier on December 2014. PPBM has since conducted one training session for CPS advocates in March 2015 and two CPS workshops in childcare centres in Sabah and Sarawak. The entire campaign will see similar workshops being held across the nation throughout the year with the final round set to take place in Selangor on September 11 to 12.

Said training module is expected to help elevate the awareness on CPS amongst 28,000 parents in the country on the importance of employing proper child restraints to avoid the risk of serious injuries or death in the unfortunate event of an accident. Aside from the workshops, Volkswagen Malaysia donated 200 Volkswagen child restraint systems (child seats) and helmets.

Also, 10,000 copies of the ‘A-to-Z of Road Safety’ flashcard booklet will donated to PPBM to further augment the ongoing campaign. “We believe it is of utmost importance to educate people about the seriousness of this issue. Our goal is to change mindsets and help parents take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of their children in cars,” said HR director of Volkswagen Malaysia, Puan Sharifah Salmah Syed Harun.

More recently, reports are in that the government is set to propose an amendment to the Road Transport Act 1987 to boost the use of child seats – a motion set to be enforced come 2017. In a separate report, it was noted that the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, has suggested a fine similar to the ones slapped onto motorists caught driving without a seatbelt be imposed on those who neglect his/her child’s safety.