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Child safety a priority

Repeka Nasiko
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THE safety of children should be a priority for the travelling public after a one-month-old child was seriously injured in a car accident in Nadi over the weekend.

The Fiji Police Force said this was the second incident involving young children to be recorded in the Western Division in a span of a week.

Police West spokeswoman Naina Ragigia said the one-month-old child, who was seated in the back seat of a private vehicle, was thrown to the front end of the car after it hit a post.

"We are pleading to the general public to practice safety at all times while travelling in vehicles," she said.

Ms Ragigia said this was the second accident in the same week involving young children especially babies.

"Young children are to be in safety car seats while travelling in vehicles."

Police confirmed the mother of the one-month-old and the driver of the private car were held for questioning at the Nadi Police Station yesterday.

"Among the three passengers was a one-month-old baby who was sitting at the back seat with her mother," she said.

"It is alleged the driver and the mother of the baby had an argument while travelling in the vehicle and the driver was distracted and eventually lost control of the vehicle which veered off the road, hitting a lamp post."

She added the child was still admitted at the Lautoka Hospital while investigations into the incident continued.

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