A shocking video has emerged of a man driving with a baby on his lap on the Gold Coast Highway. The incident took place between the Gold Coast Airport and Tugun at around 7pm on Wednesday. The video, captured by onlookers, shows the baby apparently gripping the steering wheel.
Queensland Police have been alerted to this dangerous incident. In Queensland, it is illegal to have a child under the age of 18 unrestrained in a car. The penalty for this offense includes four demerit points and a fine of $1100.
Driving with a child on one’s lap poses serious risks to the safety of both the child and the driver. In the event of a sudden stop or a collision, the lack of restraint increases the chances of the child sustaining serious injuries. It also diverts the driver’s attention from the road, potentially leading to accidents.
It is crucial for parents and caregivers to prioritize the safety of children while traveling by car. Infants should be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system, such as a car seat or booster seat, according to their age and weight. These safety measures are designed to protect young passengers in the event of an accident.
This incident serves as a reminder for everyone to follow the laws and regulations regarding child passenger safety. The consequences of neglecting these laws can not only result in fines and penalties but also endanger the lives of innocent children. It is essential for all drivers to act responsibly and ensure the well-being of their young passengers.