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Thu 11 Mar 2010 02:48 PM

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Almost 80% call for immediate child car seat law

Poll finds majority think it should illegal for children to ride in car without proper seat.

Almost 80 percent of people think it should be made illegal for children to ride in a vehicle without a proper car seat.

The latest poll by Arabian Business found that an overwhelming 79.8 percent of respondents thought that new rules should be introduced “immediately”.

Only 6.2 percent of people disagreed, saying it was up to parents whether they strapped their children into seats or not.

A further 7.5 percent said new rules should be introduced gradually because it would take time for culture to change. While 6.5 percent thought the new law should be enforced for front seats, but not back seats.

According to figures by the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) 44 children under 17 years died on Abu Dhabi roads last year.

In light of these results, health officials in the capital are set to launch a scheme where new parents will be given a baby car seat as they leave the maternity ward, in a bid to reduce the number of child deaths on the roads.

The Ministry of Interior plans to make it compulsory for parents to put their children in car seats from 2011.

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Marlow McGuinness 10 years ago

Sorry folks, culture doesn't matter on this one. It's just physics: mass times velocity equals the momentum with which your child's skull will shatter your car's windscreen. Why watch your culture die on the roads?