A WOMAN was stopped by police when she attempted to sit in the passenger seat of a car with a baby on her knee.

Now, police are reminding people of the laws around child car seats.

A spokesman for the Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis Neighbourhood Policing Teams said the mother of the child was spotted getting into the passenger seat of a car in Lyme Regis and putting the baby on her knee, while a man in the driver seat prepared to drive away.

She was advised to continue the journey on foot if an appropriate car seat was not available.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) the law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions.

It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law.

For more information visit www.childcarseats.org.uk