Local parents pan new pram laws
By HANNAH ROSS YOUNG mum Maire Barron cannot imagine ever allowing her baby daughter's stroller to roll away unnoticed.
She described as 'extreme and potentially dangerous' new Federal laws requiring all prams and strollers to have parking brakes and tether straps, to be attached to the arm of the parent or carer.
In announcing the new laws, Chris Pearce, parliamentary secretary to the Treasurer, referred to two deaths in Adelaide in the past year where strollers rolled into the River Torrens.
Ms Barron said she could see why the Government had responded with the new laws, but believed they are impractical.
"The laws are good on paper, but I don't think they are very practical, especially if you have two kids," Ms Barron said.
"You could be strapped on to the pram while the other child is running out on to the road.
"It could actually make things more dangerous."
She said a better solution might be an alarm that would sound if a pram or stroller started to roll away unchecked.
Michael McWilliams, father of 10-month-old Jasper, agreed.
"It's probably the way of the world that some of these regulations are getting a bit over the top," Mr McWilliams said.
"Even if you tripped over on a hilly street you would hold on to your pram for dear life."