Four kids in ute tray on highway, infant unrestrained in cab: police

by | Sep 28, 2020 | Cops | 0 comments

Four kids aged between seven and 10 were riding in the back of a ute on an NT highway, with an 18-month-old unrestrained in the front, alongside two teens and a driver who were not wearing seatbelts, NT Police have said.

Senior Sergeant Paul Faustmann say the 22-year-old driver was charged with one count of driving without a seatbelt, one count of driving an unregistered motor vehicle, and five counts of have unrestrained children.

He said about 1:30pm on Sunday police passed a Nissan Patrol ute driving from Timber Creek to Katherine on the Victoria Highway, and as they passed they saw the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

Sgt Faustmann said after they pulled the ute over they allegedly found a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old in the front also not wearing seatbelts, and a 18-month-old child unrestrained.

He said they found the four kids in the tray, for a total of eight unrestrained in the ute.

The two teens were also fined for not wearing seatbelts.

“Forty per cent of fatal and serious accidents involve people not wearing seatbelts,” Sgt Faustmann said.

“This is compounded by the fact that 71 per cent of fatalities occur on rural and remote roads.

“Today is the first day of school holidays so we expect to see more people out on our roads as they explore the Territory.

“With this in mind, we implore road users in the Territory to work together and share the responsibility to reduce death and serious injury on our roads.”

 

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