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New car seat law comes into effect today

The amended Traffic Act requires children under the age of three to be strapped into specialised car seats.

FILE. The amended Traffic Act requires children under the age of three to be strapped into specialised car seats. Picture:twitter.com/iKw50Deqsh

JOHANNESBURG - New laws surrounding the use of child car seats come into effect today.

The Transport Department has amended the National Road Traffic Act, making it mandatory for motorists to strap children under the age of three into specialised car seats when they're driving.

Parents who don't strap in their children will be slapped with a hefty traffic fine.

The department's Tiyani Rikhotso says some parents continue to turn a blind eye to the dangers on the road, and have left government no choice but to intervene.

"R500 will be the maximum fine that a parent will be slapped with if they're found within violation of this new regulation."

While officers will be vigilant during roadblocks, the department has also encouraged South Africans to report motorists who do not strap in their kids.

Officials say that on average, nearly 40 people die on the country's roads every day, about four of them are children.