A mother has escaped charges despite strapping her baby boy into a car seat in a way that could have killed him if they had crashed.
The seven-month-old boy was riding in the backseat of his parents’ gold Holden Commodore, next to his 24-year-old mother.
Police stopped the vehicle on the Sturt Highway, 30km west of Euston in southern New South Wales at about 3.30pm on Sunday.
Officers who stopped the unregistered car, driven by a 27-year-old male, say the infant’s car seat was not secured in any way.
The baby was found with the anchor strap of the car seat tied across his chest, underneath his neck.
If the car had crashed, the baby could have been left with serious injuries – or worse.
The driver was issued with an infringement notice for the offence of driving with an unrestrained child older than six months and for travelling in an unregistered car.
The mother has not been charged.
Officers replaced the seat with a suitable one for the child’s age and gave the mother and baby a lift to the nearest town.
‘Children under six months must be restrained in an approved rearward-facing restraint,’ a New South Wales Police spokesman said.
‘A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be killed in a car crash than one who is not.’
The incident comes after another driver was caught trying to watch the cricket on his mobile phone.
His device was attached to the steering wheel while he was doing 96km/h in a 70km/h zone at 10.10pm on Sunday.
Police say the 33-year-old had a two-year-old in the back seat who wasn’t restrained while he was driving on Cumberland Highway in Smithfield, west of Sydney.
The driver, who watching Australia versus India, copped 24 demerit points in total during the double demerit weekend.
He incurred eight points for exceeding 20km/h over the speed limit, ten points for using a mobile phone when not permitted and six points for riding with a child older than two but less than four, who wasn’t restrained as prescribed.