Manukau Courier : January 18th 2011
5 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 18, 2011 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971 www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 17th Jan - Sun 23rd Jan. All Stores Open 7 Days Fresh Lamb Leg Roasts Fresh Lamb Shoulder Chops only 12 kilo Super Low Prices for Fresh NZ Lamb! only10 $ .99 kilo ( plain, crumbed, marinated ) Fresh Lamb Loin Chops Save $5.40kg o our everyday low price! only10 kilo .99 .99 $ $ only 4 $ .99 kilo Mad Butcher Pre Cooked BBQ Sausages Get a FREE 6 pack Mad Grocer Burger Buns with any purchase of Mad Butcher Branded Hamburger or Beef Patties! while stocks last Cardboard copper boosts carseat use By NICOLA WILLIAMS Visual message: Garry Boles with cardboard cutouts of a police officer indicating the height children should be before they no longer need to sit in a booster seat. Photo: FIONA GOODALL A cardboard policeman is working wonders at keeping children safer in the car. His outstretched hand indicates the height of 1.48 metres recom- mended for children before they graduate from a car booster seat. The Counties Manu- kau police initiative is a popular, attention-grab- bing method of getting the message across to children and parents. The campaign has been run at a number of eastern area schools and is responsible for an increase in booster seat use from just 4 percent to 62 percent. It's definitely creating an awareness,'' Botany community constable Garry Boles says. If we save one life it's been a success.'' Mr Boles says seat- belts don't adequately restrain small children without the help of a booster seat. He created the cam- paign to raise awareness because he was frus- trated at the number of children he was seeing at risk of injury in a crash. Children can learn in a fun way whether they need a booster seat and they're given a pamphlet outlining recommenda- tions if they are short of the mark. Community constables spend a week at partici- pating schools checking compliance and educat- ing parents at school drop-off bays. Mr Boles says parents have told him their chil- dren ask for their booster seat to be put back into the car. Pamphlets are also being printed in different languages to get the message across to immigrants. Some children are under 1.48 metres but don't fit into a recom- mended seat, he says. They are under the recommended height but I'm happy that their body mass is allowing them to be sufficiently restrained by the seatbelt,'' he says. My biggest concern is where little five or six- year-olds are so tiny they could suffer big injuries because the seatbelt won't work effectively on them.'' Mr Boles hopes the recommended guidelines will eventually be made law and the initiative rolled out nationally.
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