Shall kids be safe in our cars?
The social media has been very active over the topic of whether to install child restraints in cars or not by bringing pros and cons. Some people consider it as luxury, the others — necessity.
Let’s address the issue from the professional point of view. The issue of safety enhancement by itself is a briliant idea and undoubtedly acceptable for all. But the practical application of this prposed decree change may cause problems in several ways.
But before that an important note: by the RA Government decree of 28.06.2007 it is already forbidden to transport children under 12 years old without seat belts of child restraints. The new bill is just an amendment.
Nevertheless, both the previous decree and the proposed version raise several questions, such as:
We are glad to note that there is a great interest and concern for the sphere. We propose that besides adoption of the decree to prepare the society by raising their awareness about the importance of child restraints and seat belts in cars, as well the infrastructures. It is also possible to make safe the lives of small citizens of Armenia through additional public financial support, rent or grant programs. In parallel to this, it is necessary to gradually make compulsory the usage of seat belts and child restraints in personal cars, public transport and taxis.
As an organization with long-term experience and a strong professional capacity, we propose to initiate a public discussion that will greatly assist in the comprehensive disclosure of the problems and the outcome of the solutions, as well as raising awareness of the public in terms of road safety.