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Check your child is secure in your car



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

P.O. BOX 1206. BOORAGOON. W.A. 6154 SUITES. GATEWAY MELVILLE CITY CENTRE BOORAGOON T E L (09) 364 5554

PETER SHACK. M.P. FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANGNEY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

M E D I A R E L E A S E .

28TH APRIL, 1988. T34/88.

CHECK YOUR CHILD IS SECURE IN YOUR CAR.

Tangney's parents have been called upon by Peter Shack, their local M.P., to ensure that their children wear a safety harness or seat belt while travelling in vehicles.

Mr Shack issued his call after a member of his staff

witnessed an incident in Nicholson Road, Lynwood last week which resulted in a toddler finding himself in the middle of two lanes of traffic while his parents car careered across the road with the rear right hand door swinging open.

"Luckily, the child was avoided by other traffic and, although badly shaken, did not appear to have been seriously injured," Mr Shack said.

"However, the story could have been very different if the following vehicles had been unable to stop in time or take evasive action.

"This incident clearly demonstrates the importance of ensuring that children are securely held in place by an approved safety restraint so that if they manage to open a car door, or if a door flies open, they will not be thrown out of the vehicle in which they are travelling.

"There is a wide range of approved child car seats, safety harnesses, and seat belts available to suit children of all ages, so there is no excuse for not taking steps to

adequately secure child passengers.

"In addition to the general safety aspects of this issue, there is also the matter of breaching Police regulations.

"These regulations provide for drivers to be fined $40 if they fail to ensure that passengers in the 1 to 14 years age group are not wearing seatbelts fitted in the vehicle, or alternatively wearing an approved safety harness.

"I hope for the sake of all children that Tangney's motorists will take due care to guarantee the safety of their young passengers," Mr Shack added.

Further information: Delys Newman (364 5554).