The laws and regulations discussed in this article apply to the country of Australia. Of course, there are all kinds of different types of traffic law depending on your area. Make sure to be familiar with your own child safety laws in your own area, and keep updated with any changes that may happen to these laws.
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KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE IN THE CAR
Keeping your child safe in the back of your car is extremely important. In Australia there were 1,209 fatal traffic incidents in the year of 2015. Driving is a great tool, when used properly, and when every single member of the family is kept safe. Are you aware of the child safety laws?
Here is a brief overview of some of them. However, make sure that you are familiar with all the traffic laws in order to keep your child safe. This article does not discuss all of them.
Your Child Needs a Booster Seat Until Age 7
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A booster seat is a seat specifically designed to help children’s positions in the car. Though, of course, safety belts keep you and your family safe, they do pose a hazard when not used properly. The booster seat helps raise your child up so that the seat belt can be used properly. This way, if an accident were to occur, your child is in the best position possible to keep from getting injured during the accident.
Your Child Must Use a Seat Belt (Otherwise Known as a Safety Belt) Until Age 16
From year 7, when your child can come out of a booster seat, your child must have on a seat belt until they are 16 at all times in the car. This includes the very back of the vehicle. There are no exceptions to this law. Past the age of 16, your child may ride in the back of the car with no safety belt. However, this is still not a recommended practice. Seat belts have saved lives on numerous occasions, and it’s extremely important to wear one when in a moving vehicle.
This Doesn’t Apply to School Buses
As you’re probably well aware, these laws do not apply to the transportation to school. School buses often lack any kind of safety restraint — seat belts or otherwise — and don’t head to all of the safety laws that apply to smaller, family vehicles. However, it would be extremely important to remind your kids of how to stay safe while riding on the school bus.
Remind your child to stay in their seat: Children often switch seats, climb onto other seats, or even stand on seats during a bus ride. The bus driver may not catch this behavior all of the time, or they may be negligent. Remind your child not to do what all the other kids are doing — it’s just not safe for them or for their classmates.
If you keep these laws in mind, and become familiar with others, your child should have a perfectly safe trip whenever they hop into a car.