Campaign aims to get kids home safely

Launching the Getting Home Safely project in Lismore last week were (rear) Kidsafe NSW project coordinator Belinda Summerville and Lismore City Council road safety officer Wendy Johnson with (front l-r) Lismore Library manager Lucy Kinsley, Community Health Western manager Lisa Beasley and North Coast Area Health Service Health Promotion director, Uta Dietrich.

Keeping children safe while travelling in cars is the aim of an intensive community campaign called Getting Home Safely, which was launched in Lismore last week.

According to recent research by the Motor Accident Authority, many children are being moved from child restraints to adult seatbelts before theyre ready, and a high percentage of children are not travelling in the best car restraint for their size. The project aims to reduce these statistics by teaching parents how to choose, correctly fit and always use the best restraint for their childs height and weight.

The reality is that parents always want the best for their children. However, its not always easy to know if youve made the right decision and/or your child is properly restrained according to their size, said Belinda Summerville from Kidsafe NSW.

Getting Home Safely gives parents a number of options. People can arrange to have their restraints properly fitted or checked for free by RTA inspectors, or they can attend an education forum next Thursday, April 27, at the Goonellabah Community Health Centre in Oliver Avenue from 10-11am.

Alternatively, informative brochures and videos are now available at all public libraries in the region, or lookout for interactive displays in local shopping centres over the next few days.

For more information on local activities, or to book for a free RTA inspection, phone Maryann Anderson at Lismore Community Health on 6620 7668.


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