Sotto slams critics of Child Safety law

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    SENATE President Vicente Sotto III yesterday lashed out at those opposing the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act, saying the law clearly states the need for the safety of children in a moving vehicle.

    In a privilege speech, Sotto said those who oppose the law should first read the entire measure before voicing disagreements.

    “I can only pray that our children do not get hurt because of our misunderstanding of the law…Basa muna bago kumontra (Read first before you oppose),” Sotto said.

    According to Sotto, a number of sectors are making a fuzz by offering different interpretations of the law when it is clearly stated that the use of child restraint seats must be only for children below 12 years old and whose height does not exceed 150 cm or 49 inches.

    “If a child does not fall in this age and height requirement, as provided by law, the usual seatbelt will suffice,” Sotto said.

    He also lashed out at a radio announcer for offering a confusing interpretation of the law by saying that she might need to use a child restraint seat because she is less than 4-foot-11 in height.

    Sotto said the law only limits the use of the child restraint seats to children below 12 years old and whose height does not exceed 150 cm.

    He said other third world countries have been implementing the child safety in motor vehicle laws which he said was very effective in saving the lives of children during accidents.

    “In our country, they do not even understand the law and yet they complain,” he added.
    Land Transportation Office National Capital Region director Clarence Guinto earlier caused an online uproar when he told parents with tall kids to buy bigger cars so they could comply with the law. He has since apologized for his remark that he said was made in jest.

    RA 11229 was signed into law by President Duterte in February 2019 and was supposed to be fully implemented last February 2. Sen. Christopher Go had said Duterte wants to postpone the implementation of the law due to the pandemic.

    The Senate committee on public services chaired by Sen. Grace Poe is scheduled to hold a hearing today urging the LTO to defer the implementation RA 1129 or the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act based on a resolution filed by Senate president pro tempore Ralph Recto.