Parents fail to strap kids into car seats

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AUTHORITIES have expressed their frustrations at the high amount of parents failing to strap in their children correctly.

RACQ released figures this week indicating more than 750 Queensland parents were fined for having a child unrestrained.

Warwick parents were not in the top three offenders however a lack of restraint providers in town has police concerned residents are installing seats incorrectly and not strapping in children properly.

Acting Inspector Paul Hart said there were certain ways to ensure their child was buckled up safely.

"What we would say is be aware of the manufacturer specifications and what restraint is going to best for the particular child involved," he said.

"The best rule of thumb is to look at the specifications and be aware of what the legislative requirements are and stick to those.

"Honestly, most local mechanics will know where the anchor points are and most police officers will know."

According to state government statistics, wearing a properly adjusted restraint reduces the risk of fatal or serious injury by 50%. Last year, 35 fatalities and 155 hospitalised casualties on Queensland roads were known to have been unrestrained passengers in cars.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie emphasised the importance of selecting the correct car seat.

"This has to be a wake up call for parents," she said.

"You have to have your child in the correct child restraint in the first place and it has to be correctly fitted.

"Seat belts and child restraints save lives, they are there for a reason."

Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group chairman Graham Buchner said it came down to simple common sense.

"If you're a caring parent, you'd think you'd take the time to strap your child in," he said.

"It's beyond me; the number of times you see so many silly things going on, it's no wonder we have the problems we do have."


The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT) data shows 80% of harnesses checked in the past year were fitted incorrectly.


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