We need to tackle reck­less par­ents on child car safety

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS -

When are the author­i­ties go­ing to do some­thing about the over­whelm­ing amount of par­ents re­fus­ing to se­cure their chil­dren safely in their cars? EVERY SIN­GLE DAY I see dozens of cars with chil­dren jump­ing around in­side them, es­pe­cially when I am do­ing the school run. I have spo­ken with par­ents, po­litely, about this is­sue and I ei­ther get ig­nored or they be­come ag­gres­sive. The roads in the UAE are dan­ger­ous and it only takes a small bump or hard brak­ing for a small, un­se­cured child to be badly hurt or killed. A lot of peo­ple I have spo­ken to about this say it is a mix of cul­tural/ ig­no­rance/stu­pid­ity and lazi­ness. It’s com­mon sense to want to pro­tect the most pre­cious thing in your life. I am filled with a mix­ture of sad­ness and anger at the re­fusal of these par­ents to pro­tect their lit­tle ones and I wish the author­i­ties would start a tar­geted cam­paign. Leaflet the schools, send po­lice to the car parks dur­ing drop off and pick up time, speak to the par­ents, ed­u­cate them etc etc... It’s time we started car­ing prop­erly for our chil­dren. Daniel A dad in Mirdif

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