Take care when belting up kids

CAR seats and restraints help you to secure your most precious cargo.

Just as you would not drive down the street without your own seatbelt on, it is important to keep up-to-date with safety legislation for child restraints.

A Transport and Main Roads representative said new child restraint laws came into effect in Queensland in March last year to improve the safety and protection of infants and children travelling in vehicles.

"The laws, driven by Australian Road Rules, require all children up to seven to be secured in an Australian Safety Standard-approved child restraint, such as a capsule, child seat or booster seat, according to their approximate age and seated height," the TMR representative said.

They said infants and children were vulnerable vehicle occupants and their safety was in the hands of the adult driving the vehicle.

"As a driver, you can be fined $300 and gain three demerit points for travelling with an unrestrained or incorrectly restrained child in the vehicle," the TMR representative said.

"A child can stop using a child restraint and move to an adult seatbelt once they turn seven, of if their eye level is above the back of the booster seat."

When on the road, the representative said safely securing your children in a vehicle according to the law could be the most important thing you ever do.

"Children are the most precious cargo you'll ever carry," the TMR representative said.

To find out how to safely and legally secure children in a vehicle go online to www.tmr.qld.gov.au/childrestraints.



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