Putting Safety First For Children

Putting Safety First For Children

Nationals MP Leslie Williams is urging parents and carers in the Port Macquarie electorate to choose the safest car seat for their children following the launch of NSW Government’s biggest ever child car seat campaign called “We’re Counting on You”.

“The poor use of child car seats continues to be the biggest contributor to child passenger deaths and injuries,” Mrs Williams said.

“That’s why the State Government has launched its biggest ever child car seat campaign.

“‘We’re Counting on You” will be distributed to primary schools and early childcare facilities and be in shopping centres, print, radio and online throughout the Port Macquarie electorate to encourage our community to look after our most vulnerable road users.”

Mrs Williams said it was frightening to learn that about two in every three children are not properly restrained in cars.

“It is scary to think that two thirds of children are riding in a vehicle without being properly protected.

“Children incorrectly secured in a car seat are seven times more likely to receive life threatening injuries during an accident than those using car seats secured correctly.

“Parents and carers need to get car seats correctly installed following the manufacturer’s instructions and know how to use it properly for the safety of their children,” Mrs Williams said.

This is yet another initiative of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to improve road safety for children.

“This Government is committed to road safety for children with the release of the road safety guide for parents and school communities about school zone safety, the launch of the SafetyTown website and the roll out of flashing lights to every school in the state by the end of next year.”

Transport for NSW has worked with the NRMA, RACV, TAC, VicRoads and RACWA to develop an Australia-wide website childcarseats.com.au

“The Child Car Seats website provides information about car seats that have been scientifically tested for crash safety and provides a star rating for each product,” Mrs Williams said.

“It has useful tips on how to fit and use child car seats correctly and informs parents and carers where their nearest Authorised Fitting Station is located.

For more information about making the safest child car seat choices, visit childcarseats.com.au

Parents and carers can also find the website via SafetyTown under the risks and hazards section safetytown.com.au/safety

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