Eastern Courier : December 22nd 2010
3 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 22, 2010 NEWS Getting the height right 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 recommended for chil- dren before they graduate from a car booster seat. The police initiative is a popular, attention-grabbing method of getting the mess- age across to children and parents. The campaign has been run at a number of eastern 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 com- munity constable Garry Boles says. If we save one life it's been a success.'' Mr Boles says seatbelts don't adequately restrain small children without the help of a booster seat. He created the campaign to raise awareness because he was frustrated 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 recom- mendations if they are short of the mark. Community constables spend a week at participating schools checking compliance and educating parents at school drop-off bays. Mr Boles says parents have told him their children ask for their booster seat to be put back into the car. Mr Boles says pamphlets are 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 recommended seat, Mr Boles says. Even though they are under the recommended height I'm happy that their body mass is allowing them to be sufficiently restrained by the seatbelt,'' Mr Boles 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.'' He says the campaign has been effective and will be taken to all schools in the eastern area. It creates a lot of interest, everybody wants to get out of their car and see what it's all about,'' he says. Mr Boles says he hopes the recommended guidelines will be made into law and the initiative is rolled out nationally. AFFORDABLE VETERINARY CARE! Ph: 278 4165 785 Great South Rd, Papatoetoe Between DB Breweries & Grange Golf Course Mon-Fri 8am-8pm • Sat 9am-5pm Sun 10am-4pm • Pub. Hols. Closed www.greatsouthvets.co.nz OPEN 7 DAYS Consultation all pets $29 Breeder Vaccination $25 Vaccination Cat $29 Vaccination Dog $29 Spay Female Cat $49 Spay Female Dog from $98 Neuter Male Cat $29 Neuter Male Dog from $89 Microchip Cat $25 Microchip Dog $25 Dental Cat $89 Dental Dog $98 No appointment necessary for consultations 3313235AC SPECIALS@FENCHURCH LIQUOR Cnr Fenchurch and Taniwha St, Glen Innes PHONE 528-7044 email: firstname.lastname@example.org FENCHURCH LIQUOR STORE MORE SPECIALS IN STORE (EXP 31/12/2010) MOET CHANDON - $55 HENNESSY COGNAC $49.99 Gordon Gin 1lt Flame 15 Pk Lion Ice 15 Pk Black Ice 15 Pk Export Gold Stubbies 15pk Tui Stubbies 15pk Steinlager Stubbies 12pk Ballentines Whiskey 1lt Canterbury Cream 1lt Codys 8% 12pk Envy Taboo Can 12pk Captain Morgan 1lt Woodstock Bourbon 1lt St Remy Brandy 1lt Coruba Rum 1lt Black Heart Rum 1lt Smirnoff Vodka 1lt $60 2 FOR $20 $20 $20 $20 2 FOR $66 2 FOR $70 2 FOR $70 2 FOR S Swim lessons -- a matter of life and death Knowing how to swim may save a life or two this sum- mer. And free lessons at the local pool could be the differ- ence between life and death. The ability to stay afloat is vital if someone is caught in a rip or out of their depth even at beaches with surf lifeguards and the odd help- ful surfer. Drowning is still the third highest cause of uninten- tional death in New Zealand. On average 110 people drown each year and 37 chil- dren under 14 are admitted to hospital as a result of water-related injury. Families are encouraged to take advantage of the Wha- nau Nui family water safety and confidence lessons returning next month. The programme runs over five days with one lesson daily providing children and their parents with confidence to take part in aquatic activi- ties and develop essential water safety and swimming skills. The learning environment promises to be fun, relaxed and positive. Lessons start from January 10. Numbers are limited so parents are urged to phone and book early to avoid disap- pointment. Whanau Nui will be held at Lloyd Elsmore's Swimgym from January 24 to 28 and at East Tamaki Swimsation from January 10 to 14. Wha- nau Nui is a collaborative project between WaterSafe Auckland and Injury Free Counties Manukau with funding from the NZ Com- munity Trust, Auckland Council and the Te Pou Manawa Iwi Collective.
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