A Sydney driver was hit with a heavy fine after none of his five passengers, including a nine-month-old baby, were wearing seatbelts.
NSW Police were conducting a random breath test on Pittwater Road in Narrabeen, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, on Monday evening when they spotted the driver of a Toyota Hilux utility turn into a street when approaching the site.
As police pulled over the ute for a RBT, they noticed five unrestrained passengers in the back seat of the vehicle, including two women and three children aged 2 years old, 4 years old and nine months.
Police could not confirm the relationship between the adults and children in the vehicle.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said this was totally unacceptable driver behaviour and would not be tolerated.
“This driver has put his passengers at great risk and has learnt an expensive lesson, with nearly $2000 in fines and 18 demerit points” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
The driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old British national, returned a negative result after being breath tested.
He was issued with several traffic infringement notices, two for driving with a passenger under four years old not restrained, one for driving with a passenger under seven years old not restrained, two for driving with unrestrained passengers over 16 years old and another for not carrying a licence.
“This is a reminder for holders of international licences to be aware of the road rules when entering different jurisdictions, as you are not exempt from the laws that apply,” Assistant Comm Corboy said.
Seat belts have been compulsory since 1971 in NSW but police say many still don’t get the message, which is putting lives at risk.
In 2019 police issued seat belt infringements to 7329 drivers, 6043 passengers, and 5948 for children who were unrestrained in NSW.
“Now is the time for drivers and passengers to get the message and ensure that they, and their passengers, are properly restrained before they begin their journey,” Assistant Comm Corboy said.
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