Monday, September 23, 2013
By Jeffrey N. Ross
As awful as it is hearing about a child that was killed in a car crash, it's even worse to hear that many of these deaths were likely preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study of vehicle crashes from 2011 that found that more than a third of kids (under the age of 13) who were killed in these crashes were not wearing seat belts or strapped into a car seat. Furthermore, another study from General Motors shows that a quarter of parents and caregivers drive around with unbuckled kids in the car.
Released as a part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which ends tomorrow, NHTSA's goal is to bring attention to child safety inside the car. According to the study, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children, and it has set up a website to make sure kids are buckled in properly. The helpful site lists car seat inspection stations as well as car seat recommendations for rear-facing, forward-facing and booster child seats. Both studies (from NHTSA and GM) are posted below.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
After an argument with his adoptive parents that resulted in them taking away his mobile phone, an angry 13-year-old boy ran away from his home in Italy and headed straight to Poland to meet his biological sister. But instead of taking the train or hitching a ride, like most on the run, the young man (an accomplished go-kart racer and car enthusiast) grabbed the keys to his father's Mercedes-Benz and jumped behind the wheel for an impromptu road trip.
With less than 200 euros (about $270) in his wallet and a passport in his pocket, the youngster managed to put more than 500 miles between himself and his distraught parents, crossing two international borders in the process, before German police nabbed him just shy of the Polish border. According to reports, the vehicle was tracked – it wasn't his driving that alerted authorities to his location.
Reunited with his mother and father, who traveled to Germany to retrieve both their son and the vehicle, the young man apologized and acknowledged his error. As a result of his actions, social workers will increase checks on the family and we can be sure his parents are now hiding the keys.
News Source: .http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20999323