Life saving project on again

19-03-2019 by admin

Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils are preparing, again, to hold free child restraint checking days across the shires as a part of their major road safety initiative – I’m Counting On You.

The Councils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer (Relief), Logan Dolbel, says the I’m Counting On You project focuses on the correct selection, use and fitting of child restraints.

“Opening last year, the project was warmly welcomed within our community, with the provision of free child restraint checking days held at four different locations across the three shires,” he said.

“The ongoing aim of the project is to investigate local knowledge of the types of child restraints available, their correct usage, and the national laws.

“This is being used to guide the development and implementation of a thorough education campaign to improve child restraint awareness and use in our community.”

National child restraints laws have been in effect since 2010.

Children are required to be seated in an approved child restraint, appropriate for their size until they are seven years of age.

Research shows that a child that is properly secured in an approved child restraint is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not.

Every year more than 500 children are killed or injured in car crashes across Australia.

Often injuries are caused by the use of an ill-fitting child restraint (where the child is too young and/or too small for the restraint) or by a restraint being fitted incorrectly. Two out of three child restraints are not being used properly,” Mr Dolbel said.

The second instalment of child restraint checking days are scheduled to take place in Parkes, Forbes and Condobolin towards the end of this month.

For further information please contact Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer (Relief), Logan Dolbel, on (02) 6861 2364.

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