Focus: Child car safety

Should there be a fine for not buckling up children in the backseat of cars? Join the Gulf News debate on whether fines are the only way to modify people’s behaviour.

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The car safety campaign is aimed at encouraging parents to buckle up their children inchild car seats while driving.
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How often have you seen children in a car playing in the backseat, dangling out of windows or simply not buckled up? Despite several awareness campaigns on the problem, UAE residents fail to ensure their children are safely sitting in the backseat of cars. And this failure to comply with basic safety practices has a very real impact - 63 per cent of deaths among children 14-years-old and younger in the UAE die in traffic accidents. What is the solution? Join the debate this week, where the following statements will be debated:

  • Should there be a fine for not buckling up children in the backseat? Do fines really work?
  • Why do people not buckle up children while driving? Is it a lack of education or do people just not comprehend the danger?

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  • Sharmaine Mumtaz

    Dec 22, 2012 11:44

    I agree to the safety of children and i suggest to put a fine ifchildrens are dangling through windows or playing in the backseatwithout having seatbelt or any other safety. Childrens are the future ofthe nations, we have to protect them.

  • ASHIK SIJU

    Oct 25, 2012 8:37

    U.A.E. is a country where people from different parts of the world cometo live in harmony.In several countries like India ,it is not compulsoryto have a child seat ,and it is not mandatory for the backseaters in avehicle to wear a seat belt.So people coming from these places are notused to these and so it is difficult to make the kids get used to theseat belt. Some parents cannot control their kids and feel that it isbetter to leave them to their will ,than make them cry.So the kids standon the seats and have fun.The kids are unaware of the danger involved,but it is the duty of the parent to be strict and make the child wearthe seatbelt .My Dad is very particular that he starts the car only if Iwear the seatbelt.I hope all parents do the same ,out of love for theirkids and not because they don't want to be fined.They should be moreconcerned about losing their kid and not losing their money ,when theyare fined.

  • Hulyo

    Oct 23, 2012 12:19

    It should a suspension of driving license for a year or more, because being a parent and a driver knows what are the consequencies that might happen to the kids withoutsafetybelt once the accident happens. It is not the reason of lack of education, sorry to say but it is irresponsibility not to buckle up the kids.

  • Shivshankar K.T.

    Oct 21, 2012 12:12

    Yes indeed it is important to buckle up children when they sit in the back seat. There is a lot of accidents happening with children who are allowed to play carelessly in the back seat. This is an utter negligence from the side of parents. Always 'prevention is better than the cure'.This kind of inattention cannot be tolerated and just imposing a fine will not help to understand the gravity of the mistake. So, the people who give a deaf ear should be handled stringently. Children, as we know, will play whenever they get an opportunity. It is the elders who should make them understand and intimidate them about this wrong doing. We see every now and then children putting their face and hands out through the window and the parents not even bothered to see what is happening in the back. Only solution is to boost awareness campaigns andstern action against the violators.

  • Sadaf Majeed

    Oct 20, 2012 4:38

    Yes, it's really dangerous if small children are not properly buckled up in the back seat or front seat or if they are leaning out of open windows. But I dont think putting fines on each an very issue will bring necessary changes. People think its very small thing to beconcerned off, but what if our such a small act changes our life forever and we lose any of our loved ones forever? what we might do then? I think educating people of the consequences of their act will help them to improve. And fining is not a solution of everything, the need is to provide awareness among people.

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I agree to the safety of children and i suggest to put a fine ifchildrens are dangling through windows or playing in the backseatwithout having seatbelt or any other safety. Childrens are the future ofthe nations, we have to protect them.

Sharmaine Mumtaz

22 December 2012 11:50jump to comments

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