A 57-year-old man has been issued with five infringement notices for driving with five unrestrained passengers, including four children, in Bruce yesterday (15 January).
Police stopped the vehicle on Gungahlin Drive and discovered that five passengers in the back seat were unrestrained, including four children aged nine, six, five and a seven-month-old baby who was sitting on the six-year-old’s lap.
Drivers are responsible for all their passengers and not restraining children can lead to serious injury, Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations Detective Acting Station Sergeant Jayde Evans said.
“It’s worth remembering that not only is it an offence to drive while not wearing your seatbelt, it is also an offence to permit passengers to travel in your car without seatbelts,” Detective Acting Station Sergeant Evans said.
“The safety of children is paramount. All passengers, especially children must be restrained correctly at all times, even when driving at low speeds or on short trips.”