'You're putting your kids' lives at risk'

PUBLISHED: 13:28 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009

Pc Tony Welsh

Pc Tony Welsh

CHILDREN'S lives are being put at risk by their own parents on the school run. Busy mums and dads are rushing to schools and nurseries across Potters Bar, but failing to belt up their children. In a tough crackdown on the High Street, Potters Bar's top

CHILDREN'S lives are being put at risk by their own parents on the school run.

Busy mums and dads are rushing to schools and nurseries across Potters Bar, but failing to belt up their children.

In a tough crackdown on the High Street, Potters Bar's top traffic cop Tony Welsh said he was shocked by the foolhardy attitude of parents.

As he pulled one family over, a toddler was running across the car's back seat.

And after stopping another car, he found TWO young children without seatbelts, sharing the front passenger seat.

During the two-hour crackdown Pc Welsh stopped more than 100 people without their belts.

Twelve children's booster seats were declared dangerous and five more youngsters had no booster seat at all.

Pc Welsh handed out cautions to all those that were stopped - but warned next time offenders would not be so lucky.

Speaking exclusively to the Potters Bar Edition he said: "The figures are disturbing

"Parents are either becoming lazy towards their children's safety or they are turning a blind eye and I'm not sure which is worse.

"If a child is not on a booster seat they will be garrotted in an accident."

He warned: "I've seen people thrown out of the car or even through the windscreen.

"People die or end up disfigured, it's not pretty, and just because parents can't be bothered to put a seatbelt on their kids.

"I was very disappointed, people aren't learning, so we'll have to start issuing more tickets.

"If that's the only way we can get the message across then we'll go down there on mass and deal with it.

"People should be setting an example to their children.


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