Drivers must exercise duty of care towards passengers

I am appalled by the thoughtlessness of many adult drivers who allow young children to move freely in the rear seats of their cars (Motor accidents: Many kids not using restraints; Sept 15).

These drivers are not taking responsibility and ensuring the safety of the children under their charge.

A sudden jamming of the brakes would cause these children to be flung to the front, smashing against the dashboard or windscreen.

All drivers should exercise their duty of care and remind all passengers, young and old, to belt up.

I also urge the authorities to instruct Traffic Police officers and traffic wardens to look out for these irresponsible drivers on our roads.

Perhaps a stiffer penalty of fines and demerit points should be imposed for failing to ensure the safety of passengers.

Peter Chan Teng Hong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2017, with the headline 'Drivers must exercise duty of care towards passengers'. Print Edition | Subscribe