Hundreds educated on child restraint safety in Dunedin

Update: 3:53PM DUNEDIN Police have helped to keep their children safe with a successful operation to promote the safe and correct use of child restraints.

Early this week, Dunedin road policing staff, along with Plunket car seat technicians, were set up in the north Dunedin Warehouse and Pakn Save carpark.

New Zealand Police said the focus was to help reduce injury and death on the roads by raising public awareness on how to correctly use child restraints.

In a public event held last Friday, 115 car seats were checked and Police found that 70 per cent of the child restraints were not being used properly.

“These errors ranged from the straps not being used to seats with incorrect fittings and even inappropriate seats being used,” says Senior Sergeant Jared Kirk, Otago Coastal Team Leader Road Policing.

Plunket staff were quick to assist in refitting the car seats properly.

“One of the families which were stopped had recently migrated to New Zealand and they had an empty car seat in the vehicle for their child who was not travelling with them at the time.

“They had been given instructions on how to buckle the child into it but didn’t know the car seat had to be attached to the car. 

“Plunket installed the car seat properly for them and we helped to teach the family how to ensure it was used correctly in future,” Senior Sergeant Kirk said.

He said they made sure that every person who drove away from the checkpoint knew their children were correctly fitted in their restraints.