Time to show restraint
I WAS shocked to read recent RACQ figures showing 750 Queensland parents had been fined in the first four months of this year for having children unrestrained or incorrectly restrained in cars. In my career as a personal injury lawyer I have seen many children who have had more serious injuries than they should have because they were not properly restrained. I cannot overstate the importance of having your child properly restrained in your car and the restraints professionally fitted. Even at a low speed an unrestrained or improperly restrained child can sustain significant injuries in an accident. Slater and Gordon recently surveyed nearly 1500 Australian parents and asked about their attitudes towards child car restraints. Only a third (33%) knew exactly where to get their child restraint professionally fitted, with more mums (35%) than dads (31%) knowing where to go. There are a number of organisations that professionally fit child restraints and I would urge parents to educate themselves for their children’s sake. As a parent, I know I would never forgive myself if one of my children was killed or had to live with a permanent injury because they weren’t
properly restrained in a vehicle.
Paul Jones Slater and Gordon Lawyers