PARENTS RISK LIVES OF KIDS
POLICE SHOCKED TO FIND 34 CHILDREN TRAVELLING IN CARS UNRESTRAINED
IF REPORT cards were given for driver behaviour, traffic police say Mt Druitt would receive a “big fail” after 34 children in one day were found travelling unrestrained.
Officers conducting Operation Compliance 4 were shocked by the “complete disregard for the law” and the lives of so many children, some as young as two.
In one car, Traffic and Highway Patrol officers were alarmed to find six children being put at risk.
MORE than 30 young lives were put at risk on our roads in just one day as Mt Druitt drivers failed to ensure they were secured safely in the car.
Of 35 fines issued to drivers for child restraint and seatbelt failures last Wednesday, an alarming 34 related to children.
In one car, Traffic and Highway Patrol officers found six children, aged between two and six, were being put at risk.
Of the six, three had no seatbelts on, two were sitting in unanchored car seats and a five-year-old was sitting in the front seat.
In another car, four children were not properly secured.
Of those, two seven-yearolds weren’t wearing seatbelts, a five-year-old had no seatbelt on and no booster seat, and a two-year-old was in a booster seat but wasn’t strapped in.
Safer child restraint rules, introduced from March 1, 2010, require children under seven years of age to be restrained in a “suitable and approved child restraint or booster seat when travelling in a car”.
The legislation also bans children under seven from travelling in the front seat of a vehicle that has two or more rows, unless all the other back seats are occupied by children who are also under seven years and travelling in an approved child restraint.
Mt Druitt traffic Sergeant Julie Underwood said one of the adult passengers involved wasn’t even wearing a seatbelt themselves.
“The mother, who was driving, was also a cancelled driver,” Sgt Underwood said.
“Making matters worse, the father of the children was sitting next to the twoyear-old without a seatbelt on himself.”
Sgt Underwood said there was no excuse for deliberately flouting the law.
Drivers were fined $319 and given three demerit points for each child not properly restrained.
The alarming trend was discovered as the traffic officers conducted Operation Compliance 4, targeting mobile phone use, school zone speeding and seatbelt use.