I’m doing a series on cool technology I’d like to see in Qatar. I plan to do one post a week for the next couple of months. Qatar has definitely come a long way technologically, but it still lacks that cutting-edge wow factor when it comes to trying new technologies. Let me know of any cool technology you’d like to see in Qatar and perhaps I’ll do a little write-up on it.
Ok, this one really seems like it should be a no brainer, but I am truly horrified each day by the number of young children I see here hanging out car windows, standing up through sun roofs or sitting on their parent’s laps in the front seat with no seat belt. Let me be blunt- if you are letting your kids do this, you are an irresponsible parent and you are putting their lives at risk. Harsh, yes, but let’s take a look at some numbers:
• Child safety seats reduce fatalities in car accidents for infants by 71 percent, and for toddlers by 54 percent.
• Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-12.
• An estimated 8,959 lives were saved as a result of child car restraints from 1975-2008 in the U.S.
Anyone that has driven in Qatar knows that the roads here are dangerous. While the majority of accidents are just fender benders, an unrestrained toddler could go flying during even a minor accident. There really is no valid excuse for not using car seats or at a minimum, having children sit in the back seat with a seatbelt on. I know every time I am home, I take the two minutes to buckle my young nephews into their car seats – and they know the drill as well. While the car seat selection in stores in Qatar does seem lacking compared to other places I have been, thanks to the Internet everyone can find great car seats online.
If you want information what car seat is right for you child, check out the very informative National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) page on Child Safety. Here’s three general tips from NHTSAon child car safety:
• Select a car seat based on your child’s age, height, and weight.
• Keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as your child fits the seat’s height and weight requirements.
• All children under 13 should ride in the back seat.
Come on Qatar – let’s put this simple, yet amazingly cool technology to use here now!
More cool technology I want to see in Qatar: