Devised by Sergeant Dermot O'Connell of Killarney Garda Station, Operation Paisti is an awareness campaign around Car Seat Safety. The aim of the campaign is to address the serious lack of awareness among motorists about how to restrain children correctly and safely in vehicles
The interactive road safety campaign involves working with local schools and the media, in order to get safety information to as many as possible and to make it easier for parents and children to understand the safest way to restrain children in cars. Legally in Ireland a child car seat is required until a child is either 150cm (4.92 Ft) or 36kg (5.67 Stone): this is approx to 12 years old. The penalty for this offence is 3 penalty points and a fine of €60.00.
Expanding Operation Paisti
The campaign was initially implemented through the Garda schools programme and is now in the process of being expanded both divisionally and nationally, with the support of key agencies, including the Road Safety Authority, Department of Education and Skills, Local Authorities, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and various media outlets.
For information on when Operation Paisti will be run in your area please contact your local Garda station.