Shattered glass, baby car seat.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
Parents will receive safety kits to help prevent them from forgetting their
children in their cars, Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely announced
at an emergency conference on the topic Wednesday.
Hotovely called the
conference because two babies were killed within 24 hours this week, after their
parents forgot them in their sweltering cars.
The kits include a key
chain and a strap that attaches to the steering wheel with the message “someone
is waiting in the back.” This would remind the driver at the end of the ride
that there is a child in the back seat, Hotovely explained.
the Road Safety Authority to start a campaign on the topic that will be launched
in two weeks. In addition, the Transportation Committee is cooperating with the
Education Ministry to warn students and parents,” Hotovely
Knesset Committee for Children’s Rights chairwoman Orly
Levy-Abecassis (Likud Beytenu) accused the Transportation Ministry of not doing
anything to prevent children from being forgotten.
“We discussed this
issue in the last Knesset and last month in my committee. I met with Ron
Moskowitz, director-general of the Road Safety Authority, and he said it’s not
worth the money to start a campaign,” Levy- Abecassis said. “It’s a shame that
saving the lives of children is prevented for economic reasons.”
explained that the plan will be implemented soon, and the ministry is in the
process of authorizing standards for warning systems, which could take
In the meantime, parents will be given simpler systems, which
attach to the steering wheel and car keys, at Tipat Halav well-baby clinics, in
the next few weeks, the deputy minister said.
Deputy Education Minister
Avi Wortzman promised that the matter will be discussed in road-safety programs
In addition, within three years most parents are to undergo a
roadsafety seminar through the Education Ministry.