For­get­ful moth­ers who leave in­fants in hot cars taken to task by reader

Pilbara News - - Opinion -

Again, an­other pre­cious lit­tle mite is locked for an hour in a car on a scorch­ing hot day be­fore be­ing re­leased.

Thank­fully, she sur­vived, but one shud­ders at the thought of what she must have suf­fered.

There is just too much of this hap­pen­ing. For a mother to have such a lapse of mem­ory to for­get they have their child with them and leave their child in a locked car goes far be­yond com­pre­hen­sion and well, re­ally, one does have to ques­tion their men­tal­ity.

We are told that RAC had 584 call-outs last year, 551 in 2014 and 549 in 2013. But what made me shake my head in be­wil­der­ment even more so were the com­ments made by the Min­is­ter for Child Pro­tec­tion He­len Mor­ton, and I quote: “As ob­vi­ous as it seems, we need to be extra vig­i­lant and de­velop fail-safe checks for remembering there is a child in our car.

“This can be as sim­ple as putting your wal­let, hand­bag or phone next to child’s car seat.”

Sorry min­is­ter, you have lost me on that one. If a mother needs to put such mun­dane items next to her child’s seat as a re­minder to her that she has a child in the car, then she doesn’t de­serve to have a child. Olly Wren­sted Ger­ald­ton

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