The State’s peak motoring body has released disturbing figures revealing a large number of motorists have been fined for failing to restrain their children.
Figures released to RACQ by the Department of Transport and Main Roads found more than 1000 drivers were caught not restraining a child under 16 in the first half of this year.
44 fines were also handed out for failing to buckle up a child under six months of age.
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RACQ Spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said there was absolutely no excuse for not properly restraining a child in a car.
“Not taking the right steps to keep your child safely secured in the car simply beggars belief,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Failing to properly restrain your child could be the difference between life and death if involved in a crash.”
Ms Ritchie said northern Queensland was the region with the worst culprits for not restraining infants.
“In the last five years, motorists in this area have been caught 330 times. It’s clear we have a serious problem here,” she said.
“We’d like to see an education program targeted at parents and drivers about the importance of using an approved rear-facing restraint for kids under six months.”
Ms Ritchie also said due to the difficulty in policing these laws, there was concerns from the RACQ that this number could actually be much higher.
“Buckling up in the car is a message we are all taught from a very young age. ‘Slip, Clip, Clap’ is quite literally child’s play,” she said.
The RACQ delivered its Kids and Cars safety program for mothers groups, child carers and foster parents across Queensland, which offers free checks of child seats.
Both members and non-members of RACQ can have a child restrain professionally fitted at a range of locations across the state.