Queensland parents are being slammed after it was revealed a shocking amount of drivers failed to properly restrain their precious cargo.
According to Data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, more than 1700 people were fined for not restraining their kids in the car last year.
RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said motorists in the Northern police region, covering areas like Cairns and Townsville, were the worst offenders with 446 drivers caught for driving with a child under seven unrestrained.
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“Failing to properly restrain a child is inexcusable. It’s truly shocking drivers are risking the lives of babies and children,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Police caught drivers either incorrectly restraining their child, having their child in an incorrect restraint or some not having their child restrained at all.
“You’re not only risking a child’s life, but you could be fined $400 and three demerit points.
Ms Ritchie reminded parents and carers it was equally important their children were inappropriate car seats for their age.
“Babies younger than six months must be in a rear-facing seat, but best practice is to keep them rear-facing for as long as possible for an extra level of protection,” she said.
“Once your child is seven years old it doesn’t automatically mean they can come out of a booster seat. They should be 145 centimetres tall so the seatbelt does its job properly in a crash. Shoulder height markers on child restraints indicate when it is time to upgrade.
“While a car seat can be costly, it can be the difference between life and death.”