NT's Indigenous ‘Car Seat for Kids’ Program Wins Australasia’s Premier Road Safety Award

The Department of Infrastructure Planning and Logistics is proud to congratulate our Towards Zero partner, the Northern Territory Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission (MACC) and their delivery partner Kidsafe NT.

At the 2018 Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) Conference, held Thursday 4 October in Sydney, MACC received the ACRS 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award for their ‘Car Seat for Kids’ Child Safety Program.

The 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award recognises exemplary innovation andeffectiveness to save lives and injuries on roads. The MACC project, led by Christine Thiel, was developed to reduce the incidence of death and serious injury of children aged 7 and under through the increased use of properly fitted child restraints.

The program was targeted at changing the attitudes and behaviours towards the use of proper child car restraints in indigenous communities across the Northern Territory.

Commencing in July 2017, the program saw 630 child restraints distributed or fitted by Kidsafe NT across 9 communities in its first year. The on-going program is on track to install up to 1800 child restraints across 24 communities by 30 June 2019.

Of the 48 Indigenous children killed or seriously injured in a car crash over the past 10 years, only 6 were restrained in a baby capsule or child car seat.

The personal impact of road trauma to the child, their extended family and community is immense with many children and infants becoming permanently disabled and requiring lifetime care.

Congratulations to MACC and Kidsafe NT on this prestigious achievement.

For more information view the press release.

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