On Nigerian roads, it is common to see kids sitting in the front seat of cars (Look out in Lagos busy traffic). Sometimes the child is carried by the adult seating in front. Other times the child is sitting alone. The most alarming case is one where the same adult driving is carrying the kid!
Sometimes the kids sit in the back seat but the parents leave them unstrapped. Allowing them to stand or jump around while the car is in motion. Meanwhile, the parent makes feeble attempts to get them to sit. Isn’t this reckless?
Unfortunately, Nigeria traffic authorities do not currently enforce child traffic safety laws. Thus, as parents and guardians, it is our responsibilities to ensure our kids are safe. We must use the appropriate child restraints and cautions to ensure they are safe
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) reported 61,806 cases of road crashes between 2010 and 2014. Of which 1,903 children died and 8,667 others were injured. Safety analysts believe that these incidences were avoidable with stringent regulations and caution.