Driver charged with not re­strain­ing child in car

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

A DRIVER is fac­ing charges fol­low­ing a traf­fic stop by Wa­roona po­lice last week, in which a child under five years was al­legedly un­re­strained in the ve­hi­cle while all the adult pas­sen­gers were wear­ing seat­belts.

Po­lice stopped the ve­hi­cle which was trav­el­ling north along South West­ern High­way near Yar­loop.

Upon in­spec­tion, the of­fi­cers al­lege a child under five years of age was not re­strained with ei­ther a child car seat or a seat­belt.

Wa­roona po­lice Sen. Const. Ja­son Clark urged mo­torists to abide by the laws on child car re­straints to pro­tect chil­dren in the event of a crash.

“It’s in­cred­i­bly reck­less to be driv­ing a ve­hi­cle with a child not re­strained in a booster seat or child seat, or even a seat­belt,” Const. Clark said. “It puts the child at ex­treme risk.” He said in the event of a crash chil­dren could not with­stand the pres­sure of be­ing re­strained solely by a seat­belt, but to be com­pletely un­re­strained added sig­nif­i­cant risk.

“Un­re­strained, a child could be thrown from or pro­pelled around the in­te­rior of a ve­hi­cle, even in a low­er­speed ac­ci­dent,” he said.

Of­fi­cers charged a 34-year-old Kelm­scott woman with driv­ing with an un­re­strained child under five and driv­ing with a fine-sus­pended li­cence.

A 44-year-old Kelm­scott man in the ve­hi­cle was charged with pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia.

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