Children vs Cars: Cars Win Each Time
In light of the tragic death in a car accident of Mr. Mandela’s great-granddaughter, the issue of the safety of child passengers in motor vehicles has come up again. Again and again as I drive around I see unrestrained children in cars, babies held on laps in the front seat, toddlers standing in the seat space between the front seats. It scares me every time.
Please don’t misunderstand me here – I am in no way suggesting that Zenani died because she was not safely restrained in the vehicle at the time. That determination needs to be made by a police enquiry and a court.
No. All I want to do is remind people, especially those who carry children in their cars, that the safety of those children is your responsibility alone. Their injury or death, regardless of who happens to be at fault in the event of an accident, is entirely your responsibility as well.
Firstly, please read my “Letter to a father who does not care” – a post that I made last year.
And then be brave enough to read the “I hate the ignorance of people” post made by Carl de Montille on his Carl’s Stuff blog recently. Carl is a practicing paramedic. He sees the results of this scourge on our nation all the time.