Time to show re­straint

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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

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