POLICE are urging motorists to "always use an appropriate child seat and buckle them up to prevent avoidable tragedies".

This comes after a car in Ringwood came to the attention of officers after a young child was seen stood up inside.

Police say the driver then tried to evade officers by going into an industrial estate.

But once the vehicle was stopped it was found to have no insurance or tax and was taken away.

The owner of the car was given a penalty ticket for £300 and six points.

A post on the Ringwood Police Facebook page said: "Vehicle seen in Ringwood with pre school child stood up between driver and front seat passenger.

"Fordingbridge driver tried to evade Police by turning onto nearby industrial estate.

"Vehicle stop checked and found to have no insurance or current car tax.

"Car recovered by professional team from RD Avery at owners expense (£150 recovery and £20 per day storage).

"Owner to be given penalty ticket for £300 and 6 points which will need to be disclosed to insurance before release from pound."

"Cars are expensive, children are priceless. There is no excuse for failing to keep them safe," the post added.

"Always use an appropriate child seat and buckle them up to prevent avoidable tragedies. Humans don't dent they die.

"As always if you know someone driving illegally call the Ringwood team on 101 in confidence so we can take positive action to keep New Forest roads safe."


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