Parents, grandparents and carers are being encouraged to have their child car restraints checked and/or fitted at Dubbo Regional Council’s free ‘Seatbelt Saturday’ event on Saturday 24 June 2017 to ensure their children have the best chance of surviving an accident.
Council’s Road Safety Officer, Jayne Bleechmore said free checks would be available in Dubbo’s Autobarn car park, 36 – 42 Erskine Street, Dubbo from 9.00 am to 12noon. The event being moved to Dubbo Autobarn for this event only due to the unavailability of the council car park.
“This is a great opportunity for parents and carers to check they are using a compliant ‘Australian Standards’ approved child restraint appropriate for the child’s height,” Ms Bleechmore said.
“As the July school holiday period approaches and parents are planning their holiday destinations, it’s more important than ever to ensure parents and carers have chosen an Australian Standards approved child restraint appropriate for the child’s height,” Ms Bleechmore said.
“Equally important is how the restraint has been secured to the car seat. The road can be a dangerous environment and correctly fitted child restraints give little ones the best chance of surviving a crash.”
Ms Bleechmore said the event had become so popular in Dubbo that six-monthly checking days were now warranted. Bookings are essential to guarantee a thorough free check during the ‘Seatbelt Saturday’ morning event.
“Parents and carers can take advantage of this free service and have all their child restraints checked and/or have new car seats properly installed and certified by two Roads and Maritime Services authorised local fitters who will not only check (or fit) restraints but answer any questions parents and carers might have as well.” she said.
“Many parents and carers want to ensure they are doing the right thing for their children and ‘Seatbelt Saturdays’ are one way council can help them update their knowledge and give them peace of mind.”
Bookings are essential. To make your booking or receive further information please phone council’s Road Safety Officer Jayne Bleechmore on (02) 6801 4000.
Source: Dubbo Regional Council