A young child who escaped serious injury after a car accident yesterday should serve as a message for people to wear their seatbelts, police say.
Yesterday morning a child and mother were involved in a crash on Egmont Rd, in which a van hit a power-pole.
The pair were in the van, which hit a bank and then a power-pole, before rolling on its side, Senior Sergeant Dave McKenzie of New Plymouth, said.
The mother and the child suffered only minor bruises and grazes, he said.
The injuries would have been more serious if the pair had not been wearing seatbelts, he said: ‘Being secured in a child restraint saved this child any serious injuries."
Mr McKenzie said it was vital people took care on the roads, especially during the long weekend.
"Drive to the conditions and take note of the 4kmh tolerance for speeding. Anyone found speeding will be ticketed. We have a significant number of staff out on the roads for the long weekend," he said.
The official holiday period for Labour Day weekend begun at 4pm yesterday and will end at 6am on Tuesday.
Last year six people in New Zealand died after crashes on Labour Day weekend and 112 were injured.
The highest recorded number killed is 16, in 1978.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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