One day of police spot checks found 84 wrongly-fitted car seats which put children’s lives ‘at risk’

PUBLISHED: 15:30 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:40 25 July 2017

Police stopped almost 200 cars to carry out spot checks on car seats.

Police stopped almost 200 cars to carry out spot checks on car seats.

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Police and council officers spent a day stopping traffic in Weston-super-Mare to check car seats at the start of the summer holidays – and 45 per cent were fitted wrongly.

North Somerset Council and Avon and Somerset police joined forces last week to carry out checks on child car seats.

Officers stopped traffic so road safety experts could check if car seats were fitted correctly.

In total, 188 seats were checked and 84 were not fitted appropriately.

The most common faults were seatbelts wrapped around the seats incorrectly, while clips and mechanisms were also commonly left loose.

Some drivers had no seats at all, and either had to wait for a friend or family member to bring them a car seat or face a £100 fine.

The council’s deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for transport Elfan Ap Rees said: “With the start of the school holidays, many families will be planning holidays away which include a car journey. This day of action was a reminder for parents to make sure their child car seats are safe and legal. We’re planning more safety check days to take place in September.”

Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands, head of road safety at Avon and Somerset police, said: “This is a really worthwhile piece of work and I hope people reading this will be inspired to get their children’s seats checked.

“None of the drivers we spoke to were deliberately putting their children at risk and they didn’t know the seats were not correctly fitted. I know they were really grateful for the expert advice they were given.

“It was a great day’s work from North Somerset Road Safety supported by volunteers from our Special Constabulary and Police Community Support Officers.”

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