A State campaign to reduce child passenger deaths and injuries is being rolled out in Coffs Coast schools and child care centres.
A State campaign to reduce child passenger deaths and injuries is being rolled out in Coffs Coast schools and child care centres. Jayden Brown

The seat of safety rests with parents

PARENTS and carers are urged to choose the safest car seat for their children in the largest ever campaign in New South Wales to reduce child passenger deaths and injuries.

The campaign entitled "We're Counting on You" will have prevalence in Coffs Coast schools and early childcare facilities to protect the community's most vulnerable road users.

"The poor use of child car seats continues to be the biggest contributor to child passenger deaths and injuries," Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said.

Mr Fraser said it's frightening that about two in every three children are not properly restrained in cars.

"It is scary to think that two thirds of them are riding in a vehicle without being properly protected," he said.

"Children incorrectly secured in a car seat are seven times more likely to receive life threatening injuries during an accident than those using car seats secured correctly.

"Parents and carers need to get car seats correctly installed following the manufacturer's instructions and know how to use it properly for the safety of their children."

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