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Don’t let children sit in the front seat, Ajman Police tell parents

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com Filed on October 29, 2020
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On their social media platforms, the cops shared why caution is essential and highlighted the dangers posed by seating children on the front seats.

The Ajman Police have launched an awareness campaign to educate motorists about the risks of allowing children less than 10 years and 145cm height to sit in the front seat of the vehicle.

On their social media platforms, the cops shared why caution is essential and highlighted the dangers posed by seating children on the front seats.

“We have also shared awareness messages on the importance of using car seats. Parents need to adhere to all traffic protocols to ensure the safety of their kids,” said a top Ajman Police official.

“The regulation is based on studies that showed the impact a child may experience while sitting in the front seat is equivalent to that of a fall from 10 metres. Parents must, therefore, tuck the child in the car seat and not allow them to sit in the front seat to ensure their safety during a traffic accident or while applying breaks unexpectedly,” he explained.

Violating this policy can cost a driver to pay a Dh400 fine, he warned. “No reports of children getting injured were reported this year,” he added.

The official said the current awareness campaign will be followed by intensified inspection drive targeting those violating traffic rules.

Accidents reduced by 90%

Traffic accidents involving children sitting in the front seat have reduced by 90 per cent in Ajman compared to previous years, the police have said.

In the last two years, various incidents of parents buckling up their kids in the front seat were spotted by the police.

“A number of awareness and inspection campaigns have led to a number of motorists getting fined for allowing their children in the front seat,” said the official.

He urged the parents to cooperate with the authorities by following the traffic laws to ensure the safety of their children.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com

Afkar Abdullah





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