Mum snaps dozing baby in mock crash scene
WHEN 10-month-old Xavier fell asleep at the wheel mum Teleasha Cameron set up a mock crash scene, taking photos she would show her son when he turned 18.
But they might find their safety message goes much further than just their household.
A MUM'S photo of her son involved in a 'crash' while driving his Little Tikes car, carries a serious message.
Teleasha Cameron shared a photo of a crash scene that involved her 10-month-old son and Bob the Builder on social media.
Hearing cars roaring around the Northern Beaches prompted her to create the crash scene in her lounge room.
"There's been so many fatal crashes lately," she said. "There's been accidents where parents have died and the kids have been left and that really tugs at my heartstrings."
Ms Cameron said she sprang into action to set up the scene when she noticed her son asleep. She had just seen a news bulletin about a crash as well, which made her think of the idea.
"My son had fallen asleep in the car and I thought, his walker is there, I'll flip it over near him," she said.
"The driver of the walker has been identified as Bob the Builder and investigations have concluded that he had attempted to avoid the sheep on the road but unfortunately was hit by the Little Tikes car," she said on the Facebook post.
"The driver of the Little Tikes car is believed to be identified as 10-month-old Xavier who had been drinking while driving.
"Reports state he was highly milk drunk, roughly four times the legal limit, which caused the vehicle to swerve into the path of the walker... as you can see by the pictures provided the walker has flipped on its side, losing his load, and the evidence of drinking is pouring out of the Little Tikes car.
"Unfortunately Bob the Builder was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the Little Tikes cars has been flown to hospital in critical but stable condition expected to make a full recovery."
Within 24 hours of publishing the post Ms Cameron said she had 175 likes and many comments from other mums.
She said when Xavier turns 18 she will show him the photo to explain the dangers of drinking and driving.
The light-hearted post comes as Queensland Police are urging motorcyclists to take extra care following a tragic week of motorcycle fatalities.
Queensland has had 59 motorcycle fatalities on its roads this year, including six in the past week.
Ms Cameron said she'd received much praise for posting the photo and hoped it would remind people to drive safely especially over the Christmas and New Year period.
"I don't have a car but it makes me more frightened now to drive with all these accidents," she said. "Now I have my son I'd be more scared to get into a car."
Starts Monday: The Daily Mercury will profile car crash victims and survivors and those affected by the pain of losing a loved one to the road, as well as talking to those who keep the roads safe.
Police launch drink driving crackdown
Drink and drug drivers have been put on notice across Queensland with police launching a three-day traffic crackdown across the state from Friday.
Operation Stopper will see police conducting multiple random breath testing and roadside drug testing in various hot spots from the Gold Coast to Cairns.
Last weekend, police conducted 20,488 random breath tests with 230 people charged with drink driving.
The 50-day Christmas Road Safety Campaign commenced on December 9 and continues until January 27, 2017.
Queensland's road toll is currently 238, three more fatalities than this time last year.