I use a car seat for my girl, but the boy keeps taking off his seat belt. Maybe if I tell the boy that the police will stop us if he takes it off then he might keep it on.
Reham Radi, 29, from Jordan, housewife. Son, four. Daughter, one.
My daughter insists on never sitting in the seat. I’m forced to sit at the back with her on my lap.
Hadeel Mohammed, 25, from Iraq, housewife. Daughter, 11 months.
We usually use a car seat for our child but sometimes he cries, so his mother must carry him on her lap. The seat also takes up too much space.
Obaid Ali, 29, UAE, programmer. Son, six months.
We don’t use a car seat for out child. He always insists on sitting in the front seat with me.
Faiza Sajad, 32 from Pakistan, housewife. Son, two.
I usually force my kids to sit at the back but my boy jumps to the front while I’m driving, so I leave him unless I find a place to park and put him back. I don’t use the seat belt when he’s in the back. He won’t let me.
Samer nemr, 37, Jordan, nurse. Two children, four and five.
My one-year-old girl usually sits on her mother’s lap in the front seat.
Mohammed Suhail, 31, Oman, education worker.
Now, did I get something wrong in my life? Shouldn’t it be: ME PARENT, YOU CHILD.
I think what is needed, isn’t just a campaign on child safety in cars, but a general campaign and education programme on parenting, period.
Would they let a child drink bleach because they scream if you take the bottle off them? Would they let a child walk along the edge of a cliff because they cry when you pull them away? Would they let a child climb into an oven because they want to?
I hope not. So why do they allow the same level of danger (i.e. likely death in an accident) by not strapping their kids into a car seat. IDIOTS!
This is child negligence and deserves to be treated with the full weight of the law, as it would in many other countries.
....as I said before though, when the laws do come in - having them enforced will be whole other matter - just look at the lack of enforcement of driving laws..........