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Kids come first for BH motorists

Monday, 28th October, 2013

Denika Toigo said her husband David is to thank for ensuring their daughter Isabella (16 weeks) is properly secured in her car seat. Denika Toigo said her husband David is to thank for ensuring their daughter Isabella (16 weeks) is properly secured in her car seat.

By Gayle Ball

It appears that most local parents are doing the right thing when it comes to properly restraining their most precious cargo.

That’s despite an average of 11 parents in NSW being fined every day for not using the right restraint for their children, or using one which is incorrectly fitted.

“I’d like to think that most parents are pretty compliant in our area,” said Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg from the Barrier Local Area Command.

“It doesn’t stand out to me as something which is a major issue, which is a positive.”

Det Insp Stoltenberg said that while older children sometimes managed to unbuckle seat belts, it was still important for drivers to follow the law. 

“From time to time there’ll be someone driving around who hasn’t got the older kids properly restrained,” he said.

“I understand it can be difficult ... but rules are rules and they’re there to keep everyone safe.”

New mum Denika Toigo said her husband David thoroughly read the instructions before installing a car seat for their daughter Isabella (16 weeks).

“He was very good with that. It took him ages.”

Mrs Toigo said her husband was “paranoid” when it came to the safety of their daughter, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

NRMA President Wendy Machin said parents shouldn’t cut corners when it comes to their child’s safety.

“One of the biggest concerns is the number of fines issued for improperly restraining or not restraining newborns or infants up to one-year-old.

“So far in 2013, 140 fines have been issued for this offence. 

“This is up from 97 for the corresponding figure in 2012,” Ms Machin said.

(For more information about child restraints, go to mynrma.com.au/childsafety. To download a copy of National Guidelines for the Safe Restraint of Children Travelling in Motor Vehicles, go to www.neura.edu.au/crs-guidelines).

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