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Dozens nabbed in seatbelt campaign
Police traffic operation in Carramar focuses on seatbelt offences and children not correctly restrained. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

Police have issued dozens of infringements in just two days of a new operation targeting parents who incorrectly restrain their children during school drop-off and pick-up.

In little more than an hour outside Carramar Primary School this morning, six drivers were fined $500 and docked four demerit points for not correctly securing their kids, including a woman driving a Toyota Tarago advertising a childcare business.

A bus driver about to pick up 30 students for swimming lessons was fined for not wearing a seatbelt while a further three people were caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel.

Traffic enforcement group Sgt Simon Baxter said it was “quite horrendous” that so many parents were nabbed doing the wrong thing at one school in just one hour.

On Friday, the first day of Operation Trevandy, 24 drivers were fined for seatbelt infringements at schools in Rockingham, Balga and Banksia Grove.

Parents urged to use restraint in police campaign. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

Six people were caught with no authority to drive, resulting in three vehicle impoundments. A further 20 vehicle compliance orders or cautions were issued.

At Banksia Grove, a passenger was fined for street drinking after police found an open alcoholic beverage in the vehicle. The driver was also charged for a child not being properly restrained.

From 2009 to 2013, 94 of the 440 people who lost their lives on WA roads were not wearing a seatbelt.

A further 79 people suffered serious injury because they were not properly restrained.

The West Australian

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