PER I TURISTI STRANIERI: GUIDARE IN ITALIA • CARRYING CHILDREN SAFELY Children up to 1.5 m in height must always be placed in an approved restraint system or seated in a child seat suitable for their weight. Children over 1.5 m in height must wear ordinary adult seat belts. The driver, or the adult accompanying the minor, is responsible for compliance regarding the use of an appropriate restraint system/child seat or seat belts. FINE for non-compliance (article 172, paragraph 10, Italian Highway Code): 80 to 323 Euros. PENALTY POINTS on driving licence: -5 out of 20 full starting points. CHILDREN TRANSPORTATION SAFETY TIPS: 1) The most appropriate child restraint: • is suitable for the child’s weight • bears the European type-approval label (ECE R 44-04). 2) Fitting the child restraint properly: • Fully comply with the manufacturer’s instructions • If the car is equipped with an Isofix system the child restraint is more safely installed, being directly and rigidly attached to the car structure • it is forbidden to fit the child restraint rearward facing on the front seat, unless the airbag is turned off. 3) Placing the child correctly in the child restraint: • Make sure that the diagonal belt passes across the child's shoulder rather than neck • Make sure you fasten seat belts correctly so as to secure the child in the seat • Take off child’s fluffy garments before placing him/her in the seat. Please note that a collision at 15 km/h (9.321 mph) can be fatal for a child not secured with appropriate child restraint. In a crash at 56 km/h (34.7984 mph), a child weighing 15 kg (33, 07 lbs) develops a striking force equal to 225 kg (496, 04 lbs). No matter how tightly you try to hold the child, he/she would be ripped from your arms. Road accidents are the first cause of death in Europe for children aged 5 to 13 years old: 12,000 minors die on the roads each year, 5,000 out of them are children. About 40% of the European children are transported by car without child restraint systems and more than 50% are placed in inadequate devices (that is, not complying with the international standards, not matching the child’s weight or wrongly fitted in the vehicle). PER I TURISTI STRANIERI: GUIDARE IN ITALIA GROUPS OF RESTRAINTS Group Safest seat for the restraint system Safest position for the restraint system Up to 10 kg about 12 months old Group 0 Rear seat Rearward facing Up to 13 kg about 24 months old Group 0+ Rear seat Rearward facing Rearward facing, up to 2 years old, if indicated by model instructions. Forward facing for all other models Weight / Age 9 to 18 kg 9 months to 4 years old Group 1 Rear seat 15 to 25 kg 3 to 6 years old Group 2 Either front or rear seat 22 to 36 kg 5 to 12 years old Group 3 Either front or rear seat Forward facing Forward facing CHILDREN ON MOTORCYCLES Only one passenger aged at least 5 can be carried on a motorcycle, provided the child can seat comfortably balanced and wear an EU homologated helmet. FINE for non-compliance of age limit (article 170, paragraph 6bis, Italian Highway Code): 160 to 641 Euros. PENALTY POINTS on driving licence: 0 out of 20 full starting points. FINE for non-compliance of compulsory helmet for the child aged at least 5 (article 171, paragraph 2, Italian Highway Code): 80 to 323 Euros. PENALTY POINTS on driving licence: -5 out of 20 full starting points.
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