RACQ rescues 600 children locked in cars

Queenslanders have been urged to remain vigilant when travelling with children, after RACQ rescued more than 600 kids locked in cars in the first six months of the year.

The Club’s spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was alarming the message was still not getting through.

“That’s one hundred times every month, or roughly three times a day where our Patrols are being called to help free a child trapped inside a vehicle,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The vast majority of these are accidental lock ins, where a carer has given the child a set of keys to play with, and they’ve pressed the lock button.

“There’s never a safe time to leave a child unattended in a car. Temperatures can soar to above 40 degrees in just minutes, even if your car is parked in the shade or if the window is left ajar.

“We treat children locked in cars as the highest priority, which is why we will rescue anyone whether the driver is a member or not. If you’re ever concerned about the health of a child call emergency services immediately.”

Ms Ritchie said RACQ was also called to rescue more than 26,000 people this year who locked themselves out of their cars.

“That’s 145 a day across Queensland. It’s clear there’s a trend of driver’s not keeping their keys secure.”