He said the child wasn’t properly secured and better education about correct child restraint was needed to ensure the safety of some of the State’s most vulnerable.
Snr Sgt Whitnell said 13 children, all incorrectly restrained, have died in car accidents over five years on West Australian roads.
His comments followed the State Government’s announcement that fines relating to inadequate restraints would increase by $50 as of Friday, September 26, to $550.
Fines will be issued for failure of a driver to wear a seatbelt; failure of a passenger to wear a seatbelt; failure of the driver to ensure passengers are appropriately restrained and failure of a driver to ensure passengers under the age of 16 are properly restrained.
All except the latter incur the loss of four demerit points.
Police Minister and Scarborough MLA Liza Harvey said in 2013-14, more than 2200 WA motorists were fined for having children in their vehicles without a seatbelt on.
She said a further 97 were issued infringement notices for failing to correctly fit child restraints.
‘My message to parents is to be careful with restraints purchased online and from other countries, because they may not meet these standards,’ Ms Harvey said.
‘Such restraints are illegal in WA and could be putting your child in serious danger,’ she said.