Child safety in cars: Better to be safe than sorry

The authorities seem to take a lenient view when it comes to enforcing the rule on safety belts for children travelling in cars (Singapore needs to play catch-up in child car safety; Sept 2).

In my years on the road, I have seen children standing in cars, in the front or back seat, and caregivers holding young children on their laps.

If one were to look into cars on the road, one would notice that even adult passengers in the back seats do not fasten their seat belts.

We have seen advertisements on television showing the dangers of drink driving and gambling.

Is it not time the authorities produced an advertisement to show the dangers of children not wearing seat belts?

Wouldn't this be an effective method to bring home the message to parents that they must ensure children be seated, with seat belts fastened?

Obviously, there is ignorance about how dangerous it is for children, and even adults, not to be belted up in a vehicle.

It is better to be safe than to regret.

Liu Lu Ye (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2017, with the headline 'Child safety in cars: Better to be safe than sorry'. Print Edition | Subscribe