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.
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28-05-2012 15:31 #1
Are people really so stupid and reckless and irresponsible as this?!
28-05-2012 15:35 #2-
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Makes me angry. My sister was involved in a car accident as a very small baby, she wasn't properly restrained and she very nearly died, the fact she is alive is very much a miracle.
28-05-2012 15:41 #3
I cannot believe this happens?! Do they live under a rock?
28-05-2012 15:49 #4
Those poor kids! They had no choice in weather they live or die.
It just makes you realise how important it is to grow up when you have children.
28-05-2012 15:54 #5
That's awful all I can think of is that poor bub flying thru the front window in an accident
28-05-2012 16:06 #6
Omg who does that! When I worked drive thru KFC back in the day the amount of unrestrained kids was huge!!!!
28-05-2012 16:44 #7
Thats horrible !
28-05-2012 16:46 #8
How can people still do that this day & age? Have they never seen those ads or driven past an accident? It's awful.
We have seen kids on parents laps "driving" and then hanging out of the windows and you're just like "what the f is wrong with you as a parent, as an adult even, that you think that's okay?"
28-05-2012 16:54 #9Senior Member
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It's just ignorance.
28-05-2012 17:05 #10Senior Member
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In some ways I hope it is ignorance. That can be corrected.
So many times though I think it is just plain old arrogance.
It won't happen to me. Screw the stupid rules. Noone is going to tell me what to do. I'm a good driver.
It's hard to fix that before it is too late.
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