Use of Seatbelts and Child Restraints Promoted at Westfield Garden City Event in Upper Mt Gravatt

The South Brisbane District Crime Prevention Unit held a “Seat Belts and Child Restraints” event at Westfield Garden City last 28 August, in cooperation with Transport Main Roads, Road Policing Unit, and Kids Safe.

The event, which is part of the Queensland Road Safety Week, was aimed at promoting, educating, and encouraging the use of seat belts and appropriately fitted child restraints.

Photo credit: State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019 /

“We know that appropriately fitted restraints save lives, we really need to get it right,” Acting Sergeant Ellis said. 

She added that whilst the campaign has been around for a long time now, many are still getting caught driving without child restraints.

Queensland Road Safety Week (QRSW), which is now in its fifth  year, was held from 26 to 30 August 2019. More than 500 events held across Queensland as part of the QRSW, encouraging locals to make road safety their first and foremost priority.

About Child Restraints

In Queensland, adults driving with children up to 7 years of age should ensure that they are restrained in a properly fastened and adjusted Australian Standard (AS) approved child restraint. 

The law requires that the child restraint is correctly fitted and adjusted for their age and size, and meets Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1754. One could possibly be fined $400 and incur 3 demerit points for each child that is not properly restrained.

Whilst it is not recommended to use second-hand child restraint, State Government suggests using child restraint that is less than 10 years old, secure a copy of the manufacturer’s manual,  and to not use a child restraint that has been in a crash. 

Choosing the appropriate child restraint will depend on the child’s age and size, but the common types are child restraints for babies up to 6 months old; babies and children—6 months to 4 years; children—4 to 7 years; booster cushions; and children 7 years and over.

Thieves Eyeing Parked Cars in Upper Mt Gravatt Area

Car owners parking in the Upper Mt Gravatt area are being warned as about 104 vehicles have been broken into by opportunist thieves since January, South Brisbane District Crime Prevention Unit reported.

Senior Constable Vernon Wootton said that opportunist offenders are recently targeting parked vehicles “trying doors or smashing windows and rifling through consoles and glove compartments to obtain money and valuables.”

The reported 104 vehicles that were targeted either had property stolen or there were attempts to steal the vehicle.

To prevent these offences, police urges car owners parking in the Upper Mt Gravatt area to observe the following:

  • Lock your car and roll up windows even if parked on the street, in a secure garage or in the driveway
  • Remove all valuables, including purses, cash, wallets, mobiles, bags, briefcases or other electronic items. If valuables are to be left in vehicles secure them out of sight
  • Don’t leave personal documents in your vehicle. Stolen documents may be used to commit fraud in your name
  • Consider fitting an alarm, immobiliser or other security device
  • Never leave spare house, car or business keys in the vehicle
  • Keep garage, vehicle access or gate remote controls out of sight or remove from the vehicle and keep on your person
  • Consider fitting one-way registration plate screws readily available at motor vehicle supply stores.

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