Road traffic injuries are one of the leading causes of childhood injury in Australia and a source of major health problems globally. One of the major concerns are injuries to children as passengers.
In Western Australia between July 2009 and June 2014 over 850 children presented to the Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency Department as a result of an injury as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. Of these presentations approximately 42 percent required urgent attention. To reduce the risk of injuries as a passenger and ensure children are travelling safely on the road here are some of the things you can do:
- Buckle up on every trip
- Make sure the child car restraint is right for your child/children
- Make sure the child car restraint is fitted correctly in the car
- Ensure drivers have full vision and concentration
It is important that parents and carers follow the child restraint laws for the restraint type for each child. They should also keep in mind that the law sets out the minimum requirements, and children should only progress to the next sized restraint once the child has reached the maximum limit of the present one. Remember a correctly fitted child car restraint can save lives.
For more information on travel safety have a look at the ‘Make Passenger Safety a Priority’ animation produced by Kidsafe, NRMA Insurance and SGIO by visiting http://youtu.be/D_vmdPZ9Igs. If you would like to check that your child car restraint is fitted correctly in your car contact us on 9340 8509.