The NSW government has begun its largest child car seat campaign to reduce the amount of whiplash injuries and car accidents involving children.
Called “We’re Counting on You”, the campaign will target parents and inform them of the importance of correctly buckling in children. It has been reported that about two in every three children aren’t restrained legally in cars.
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams explained that children are the most vulnerable road users and car crash injuries are often life-threatening for kids.
“The NSW Government is urging parents and carers to choose the safest car seat for their child’s age and size and ensure it is properly installed,” he said.
“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.”
Information will be available for parents from NSW primary schools and early childcare facilities. Resources will also be broadcast in print, radio and online.
Seven children under the age of 16 have died on state roads this year, with countless others injured in incidents. This figure is on par with 12 months ago, but is expected to increase if children continue to be restrained incorrectly.
Centre for Road Safety’s Marg Prendergast explained how, as part of the campaign, Transport for NSW has worked with a number of different states and authorities for a uniform approach.
“Parents and carers need to get their car seats correctly installed following the manufacturer’s instructions, and know how to use them properly,” she said.
“Promoting greater awareness about the need to safely restrain children travelling in cars is a key priority and that’s why organisations across the country have banded together to develop this website,” NRMA Motoring and Services vehicle safety expert Jack Haley concluded.
NSW car accident compensation
If you and your children are involved in a car accident in NSW and suffer a whiplash injury or worse, you could be eligible for compensation. The motor accident compensation scheme extends to most motorists including drivers and pedestrians.
It is important to contact a car accident compensation lawyer as soon as you are well enough. They can offer advice about your possible claim and discuss the circumstances around the accident.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.