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Ministry of Interior calls for child seats

Call comes after death of 29-year-old mother in crash on Al Faya road

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 21:00 February 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News Archives
  • The law does not allows children under ten years of age to travel in the front passenger seat. Efforts are under way to make child seats mandatory. Picture for illustrative purposes only.

Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Interior has urged parents to use child seats in cars following an accident on Thursday evening in which three Emirati children were injured and their 29 year-old mother was killed.

Parents have to use child seats for children to prevent fatal injuries during accidents, according to a ministry statement on Saturday.

Under current laws, children 10 years of age are not allowed to travel in the front passenger seat.

New laws, meanwhile, are being prepared to make child seats in rear seats mandatory for all children.

The ministry also urged cars to avoid truck roads.

The accident occurred when the car the family was travelling in crashed with a truck on Al Faya truck road, the same road which claimed the lives of at least 24 workers earlier this week.

The late woman’s husband, 34-year-old Emirati F.A.A., who was driving the car, and their three children, aged between 18 months and 11 years, and a 27-year-old Ethiopian woman in the vehicle were injured in the accident. The Asian truck driver was also hurt.

The ministry is providing social and psychological support to the children who have been traumatised after the accident.

The ministry also urged women not to keep small children in their lap while travelling in the car.

Ambulances from the Emergency and Safety Department at Abu Dhabi’s General Directorate of Central Operations provided first aid treatment to three of the injured and transported them to Al Rahba Hospital.

The Emirati woman’s body was moved to Shaikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi. Ambulances from Dubai Police transported the other two injured individuals to Al Mafraq Hospital.

Investigations are currently under way to determine the cause of the accident. Major General Nasser Lakhreibani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Children Safety Committee at the Ministry of Interior, expressed his condolences to the family of the Emirati woman who died in the crash.

Brigadier Hussain Al Harithi, Director of the Traffic and Patrol Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police, also urged the drivers of the cars not to use truck roads. He said the police will organize awareness campaigns to educate the people in this regard.

Comments (8)

  1. Added 16:47 February 10, 2013

    Even the current law does not seem to be effective. because, its very common to see kids enjoying the view from the front seat, sitting on the lap of elders. I have seen it several times, and its all on the main roads. No one seems to be worried of the rule or the consequences. I wish that the current law is implemented strictly.

    Anonymous, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:14 February 10, 2013

    People are so educated in buying cars with most air bags, safety ratings and all other such aspects. How come no one is realising the dangers of driving with a child who is not strapped in properly? Can't it be made mandatory for car show rooms to also sell child seats? Also more awareness campaigns need to be held for informing people on how to use a child seat as a wrongly strapped seat is even more dangerous. We have the best of the cars in the best of the roads. Maybe it is time we behaved as the best of drivers..

    Karthik, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:15 February 10, 2013

    It's about time they ban kids sitting in the front, wearing no seat belts in the backseat and even dangling their heads out of the cars. Thank you UAE for highlighting on this subject.

    Freddy M, UAE, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:08 February 10, 2013

    Almost all road accidents occur purely due to lack of common sense, disregard to other road users, traffic law disobedience, rage & being ruthless.

    mahesh, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:51 February 10, 2013

    Its useless! Every day while driving I see children either standing or sitting on the lap of their mothers in the front passengers seat and many times they are standing on the back seats and paying around. Once in while I see some smart Alec, driving with young children between the steering wheel. Are these parents really ignorant, stupid or pure dumb? When you try to explain the parents about the dangers they just look back angrily. Only God can save the kids of such parents.

    Rizwan Kazi, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:29 February 10, 2013

    Something has to be done about these killers on the roads. I drive every morning and evening from/to Ajman and the dangerous stunts these drivers pull shock us. The govt has to do something about the truck drivers, bus drivers carrying workers as well as mini bus drivers. No matter how much you alert them, they will make sure they get their way. I hope Gulf news will contact the authorities and pass our messages and observations to them.

    Sara, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:26 February 10, 2013

    Rules must be strict, Fine must be charged for taking children in the front seat. Even today morning I saw parents taking kids on their Lap. Campaigns only cannot avoid this, fines must be charged.

    athira, al ain, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:17 February 10, 2013

    Implementation of child seat is not an easy decision. Especially taxi drivers will face issue to arrange seats for different type of passengers. But for private vehicle police must fine those allows children sitting in the front seat. Considering speed lmitiations, Inside the city it is not that must dangerous. But in the highways it must be implimented both taxis and private vehicles.. Beacause of the speed factor the impact will be higher..

    SAJU.M.GEORGE, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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