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Readers react to children left in cars
Sir, – The shocking recurrence of
toddlers being forgotten in cars, and the resulting tragedies of injury and
death, (“For second time in 24 hours, toddler left in car dies,” July 16) demand
effective preventive action.
I strongly endorse a suggestion I heard on
Army Radio: Make it mandatory for drivers to leave their cellphones and work
bags next to their children on the back seat before starting to
And to this suggestion I add my own: Forbid using cellphones by
drivers in any form. There is ample evidence that points to many traffic
fatalities being a direct result of cellphone use while driving.
Israeli lawmakers think out of the box and pass legislation that will demand
drivers’ total attentiveness to the road. Not only will drivers refrain from
leaving their children unattended in cars, but the appalling number of traffic
accidents will be dramatically reduced.
Sir, – The
incidence of babies being left in cars increases every year. This is a tragedy
of cosmic proportions that afflicts families that are left to struggle with
guilt, anger, blame and self recrimination to the end of days.
number of such families has created a phenomenon in this country.
solution lies in prevention, which requires no sophisticated
It can be safely assumed that every family owning a car owns
a cellphone. Parents must be trained to place their phones near the baby’s car
seat when entering the car. Missing a call would be a small price to pay, but
forgetting a cellphone is most unlikely.
– After reading of two more horrific deaths of children killed by their parents’
negligence, and then reading about all the expensive, hi-tech solutions proposed
to solve the problem, allow me to offer a fail-proof suggestion that is easy,
lowtech and almost free.
Tie one end of a long ribbon (two meters should
do) somewhere to the bottom of the child’s car-seat, and clip the other end to
the driver’s collar or sleeve.
When the driver wants to exit the car, he
first has to unclip the ribbon, thus reminding him to remove the child. If he
forgets, he cannot move far! Such clips are available at any stationery store
for a shekel or two. The ribbon remains in the car, tied to the seat and ready
Simple, no? R. RUDNITSKY
Sir, – Each morning, about
the time my children are about to deliver their offspring to their respective
kindergartens, I send a text message asking them to kindly inform me of the safe
delivery of our precious jewels. It works well and everyone’s
happy.DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
Sir, – So we are now consumed
with inventing ideas and gadgets for parents not to forget their children less
they die of heat exhaustion or worse. Whatever happened to good old parenting?
Sir, – Jail is the only way to deter
irresponsible parents from leaving a child in a car. I cannot imagine or
understand how they can do that.
The Knesset must pass a law with teeth,
that if any child is left in a car for any reason (30 seconds is too long!), the
parents go to jail! The law must be enforced and there should be a strong ad
campaign on television and in the print media reinforcing the
Sir, – With regard to “Reclaiming
clarity” (Comment, July 16), are we human beings becoming robots run by
computers, cell phones and tweets? Perhaps an intelligent chip should be
implanted in our brains.
Leaving a child in a car to die is no different
from involuntary manslaughter.
The perpetrators should be judged
There is still no replacement for brains, morals and a sense
of personal responsibility.CHIEL WIND