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Drivers Face New Fines for Children Not Wearing Seat Belts

As of this weekend, Suðurnes police in South Iceland will be issuing tickets to drivers traveling with children in their vehicles who are not in car seats or wearing seat belts, RÚV reports.

Police spent part of last week at preschools in the Reykjanesbær municipality, monitoring the child safety measures that drivers had in place in their cars. According to a post on the Suðurnes police Facebook page, the “situation was…not good.” In fact, police found that one in ten children encountered during their rounds were neither wearing seat belts nor in car seats.  As such, police have decided to “take a different approach” and fine drivers who are not in compliance with existing child safety laws.

Police were adamant that it didn’t matter if the car trip was a short one, or if parents were running late. No matter the reason, their post read, “[n]ot putting children in the safety equipment required by law is not okay, and having examined this issue and seen the state of things over the last few days, we’ve got to put our feet down and apply sanctions.”

The new fine for not putting a child in a car seat or seat belt in a car is ISK 30,000 ($250/€217).

 

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