But riding in cars comes with some responsibility: You need to ride safely. Especially when you are driving with toddlers. But what I notice most parents didn't even practice all this safety tips. I once saw a father driving with a toddler (around 18months) on his lap. Whether they think that investing some money in buying children car seat is costly or they are just a bunch of ignorant people.
I was shocked when I read the Berita Harian online ..
Pintu kereta terbuka, budak maut digilis
Oleh Omar Osman
SUNGAI PETANI: Seorang budak lelaki berusia setahun sembilan bulan maut digilis kereta yang dipandu bapanya sendiri, apabila dia terjatuh dari kenderaan itu ketika mereka sekeluarga dalam perjalanan ke pusat beli-belah, kelmarin.
Dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 5.30 petang itu, Mohd Firdaus Shahbuddin, dikatakan terjatuh selepas pintu belakang kereta dipandu bapanya, Shahbuddin Md Saad, 36, tiba-tiba terbuka ketika melalui selekoh di Kampung Kilang Makau, Pinang
Tunggal, dekat sini. Ketika kejadian, mangsa bersama kakaknya, Aishah, 5, duduk di tempat duduk belakang kenderaan itu, manakala ibu mereka di depan. Ibu bapa Mohd Firdaus juga dikatakan hanya menyedari anak bongsu mereka terjatuh apabila Aishah menjerit memberitahu pintu kereta terbuka.
Don't you think it is the parent's negligence that has cause the life of that little boy? If they have install the car seat, or even lock the door... I am sure the boy will still be safe, right? I have seen a lot of parents driving around with the kids' not even buckle up to their seat ... Goshhh very dangerous! When hub is driving I always sit down behind with my kids (and of course they were buckle up in their own car seat!)
And now the government is trying to enforce the rear seat belt law. (But I'm not sure whether this has started already or not). Anyway it's a good move to prevent rood accident.According to the news I read, the rear seat belt would be enforced on all vehicles except those registered before Jan 1,1995 .
So parents ... save some money and go buy the baby chair or booster chair for your kids. It's not much , only cost you around $150-$500 (if you really want to get the good one lah...) Your kid's life is PRICELESS .....
Think about it!
p.s Maybe it is more better if parents can install the airbag too!