On Wednesday November 1, Doomadgee Police launched the baby seat project to provide the local community with a local and quick way to purchase baby seats for their vehicles.
The project was completed by the Officer in Charge Marty Halls who identified that local community members were often in a situation where they did not have access to suppliers of baby seats, which increased the pressure for parents to drive with unrestrained children.
“The nearest major town centre is six hours drive away, this places us in the difficult position of trying to enforce the Fatal Five, but enforcing the law on families who were heavily disadvantaged by distance to access suitable car seats,” Acting Senior Sergeant Halls said
Through partnership with the Department of Main Roads, DATSIP, Save the Children, and Kidsafe QLD, funding was secured which purchased 80 baby seats including baby capsules (front and rear facing), convertible boosters and stand-alone booster seats for sale at a reduced rate to the Doomadgee community, ensuing all children up to the age of seven or older will be in a safe and secure seat.
The launch of the project was held at the Doomadgee PCYC with representatives from Department of Main Roads in attendance and staff from Kidsafe QLD who travelled from Brisbane to train a number of community members to be qualified installers of the baby seats.
Community members living in and around the Doomadgee area can now purchase the baby seats from the Doomadgee Police Station.
Any inquiries can be directed to the Officer in Charge Marty Halls on 07 4742 9090.