Beltless kids result in fine
Australind police have issued a warning to road users after officers fined a woman for driving with two unrestrained children under the age of 16.
Police stopped a van on Lofthouse Avenue in Eaton and allegedly discovered an infant sitting in the lap of an adult passenger and a young child in the back not wearing a seatbelt.
An Eaton woman was fined $600 and issued four demerits points.
Police will allege there were nine passengers in the vehicle, two adults and seven children, and no child car seats or a baby capsule.
On the infringement notice the driver told officers she had just received some bad news and the unrestrained children “were the least of my concerns”.
Australind police officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Mark Smith said he was disappointed by the attitude of some motorists.
“Things like this is why we have such an unacceptable level of road trauma,” he said.
“This is a timely reminder for people that WA police are out there at all times of the day enforcing the law and keeping road users safe.”
Sen. Sgt Smith said if the vehicle had been involved in a crash, the results would have been “catastrophic”.
“A child striking a windscreen at 50km/h – the result would be catastrophic,” he said.
“For some people it is not a priority, but it is for us,” Sen. Sgt Smith said.
“The safety of children can’t be compromised.
“They can’t make the decision to wear a restraint, so as adults we have to make that decision for them.”
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