NSW Police Traffic & Highway Patrol Officers have stopped a speeding vehicle allegedly containing two small children and their mother sleeping unrestrained in the back.
About 6pm yesterday (Sunday 27 May 2012) police from Goulburn Highway Patrol were conducting stationary speed enforcement on the Hume Highway at Goulburn, when they observed a dark coloured Nissan X-trail travelling at a high speed in a southbound direction.
Police checked the vehicle’s speed and registered it travelling at 145km/h in the 110km/h sign-posted zone.
The vehicle was stopped by police a kilometre down the highway and the 40-year-old male driver was spoken to.
Police allegedly noticed the entire rear section of the vehicle folded down and a young child and a woman asleep in the back of the vehicle.
Upon further inspection, police allegedly found a baby hidden under blankets behind the driver, sleeping completely unrestrained on the folded seat.
It is alleged that while the two-year-old girl, seven-month-old girl and their mother slept unrestrained in the back of the vehicle, a baby capsule in the front passenger seat was filled with personal items.
Police escorted the vehicle and occupants into the township of Goulburn, where they assisted the driver in placing all passengers in their correct seating positions.
The 40-year-old male driver was issued with two infringement notices for having unrestrained passengers between six-months-old & four-year-old and another for exceeding the speed limit by >30kph.
Police notified the Department of Community Services of the incident.
Superintendent Stuart Smith, Operations Commander of the Traffic & HWP Command, said that it was only earlier this year during the Operation Tortoise Easter Campaign, that officers from the Goulburn Highway Patrol identified 13 unrestrained children in 8 cars along the Federal Highway.
"Our most vulnerable road users, children, unrestrained in cars will not survive high speed crashes."
"The family in this matter should consider themselves quite fortunate that they were intercepted by the Goulburn Highway Patrol before something much more tragic could have occurred."
"This obviously continues to be a problem in that part of the state and our upcoming Stay Alert Queens Birthday Road Safety Campaign will focus on such poor driver behaviour."
- From the NSW Police alert site.