Driver charged with not restraining child in car
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.