Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Dismay as child at risk day after unrestrained baby dies

Police dismayed that day after unrestrained baby dies Hamilton mother puts her own child at risk

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 - 2:20pm


Gutted, that's the only way one senior Police officer can describe reports today about a woman breast feeding a baby while a front seat passenger in a car travelling in Hamilton, the day after another baby died after not being restrained.

In thanking members of the public for reporting the baby being put at risk, Waikato Road Policing Manager, Inspector Freda Grace, said it was reassuring that other motorists shared the Police's concerns.

"Today's call came in at 11.43am relating to a Mazda Familia being driven by one woman who had another in the front passenger seat breast feeding an unrestrained baby in her lap at the Base in Te Rapa.

"A Police foot patrol tried to get to the vehicle before it left but the driver had gone and units are currently working to locate and stop the car."

Mrs Grace said to hear of such an incident the day after a baby girl died following a crash in the King Country on Monday where she was travelling unrestrained in her mother's lap was a bitter disappointment and she called on all motorists to reflect on their driving behaviour.

"12-week-old Alexandria Grace NAVACILLA of Taumarunui died in Auckland's Starship Hospital yesterday morning after suffering critical injuries in a crash on SH4 near Aria.

"To now hear yesterday's loss hasn't deterred other parents or motorists travelling around with unsecured children in their cars reinforces why Police will be running checkpoints throughout the week checking car restraints as just one part of the Road Safety Week campaign."

Mrs Grace said if one tragedy wasn't enough, Serious Crash Unit investigators are also investigating another fatality from Monday, the death of a woman on SH3 south of Ohaupo shortly before 6pm.

"In this crash the north bound yellow Mazda car driven by 22-year-old Hamilton woman, Beant KAUR, has crossed the centreline and collided first with one south bound car then three other vehicles, including a truck, near the intersection with McFall Rd.

"In expressing our sympathies to both families for their loss Police are urging other motorists to make every day a road safety day and ensure they are doing all they can to make Waikato roads a safe place to travel."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news