The Jerusalem Post

‘It will cost lives,’ rights group says as forgotten baby syndrome law delayed

Critics say current requiremen­t would place economic burden on families

- • By ROSSELLA TERCATIN

The decision to postpone requiring the installati­on of a safety system to prevent children under the age of four from being forgotten in a car will cost lives, a representa­tive of the Israel National Council for the Child said, a day after Transporta­tion Minister Merav Michaeli announced that the law would not come into effect on August 1 as planned, but, rather, 10 months later, on June 1, 2022.

“We believe that this decision is wrong and puts lives in danger,” Liron Eshel, head of the council’s children at risk department, said. “Unfortunat­ely, we have already seen how it might cost lives: Precisely while the minister communicat­ed her decision, the death of a three-year-old girl was reported.”

Establishe­d in 1986, the council is an organizati­on whose mission is “to ensure the welfare, well-being and rights of all children in Israel,” according to its website.

Among its services, it offers assistance to children (and, if relevant, to their parents) for all issues relating to matters such as education, domestic violence and disability rights. In addition, the group promotes youth participat­ion in policy-making.

In the past decade, hundreds of children have been forgotten in cars, and close to 40 have died as a result of the

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