Personally, I am just not understanding how a parent can justify the mistake as, “Oh, I just forgot about him.” Really, did you put him in the car? Then how can you forget to take him out? Do you have so much on your mind that it excludes the safety of your child? To be honest, if you have so much on your mind, perhaps you are not in the best condition to drive your car. Think about it, how can you focus on the highway and be a conscientious driver if your mind is “elsewhere?”
A court celebrity admitted to leaving her child in the car while empathizing with a convicted parent last month. She and her husband didn’t realize their error, leaving their child in the car, until they were in the mall for ten minutes. Maybe their plan was to shop for shoes and soon realized the major player was missing. They were lucky that circumstances did not result as for the unfortunate child who died. But still, is it possible to be that clueless to other passengers in your car?
Recently, a television station offered tips to parents as a reminder to check their backseat; such as, put your purse or a stuffed animal near your child. The assumption is that you will remember, or be concerned, to get your purse. Interesting, is your wallet more valuable than your child? Not to be facetious, but I’m not feeling the urgency to check on a stuffed animal.
One media source suggested putting your pet in the backseat. The principle is that you will retrieve the pet and then notice your child. I’m not sure how helpful that might be considering locally, we had a tragic incident with both child and pet being left in a HOT car, with 90+ degree weather.
Maybe one option is to pay more attention to what “goes in” and “comes out” of your car. Just as we are taught to always be conscience of our surroundings, especially when we exit or approach our car, we should also check the interior of our vehicle, as a standard practice, as we close the door. Mount the reminder, “Have you checked the backseat?” on the dashboard.
This is a very serious situation that surprisingly is on the rise, especially with all the car technology that’s available. Every passenger in a car is valuable cargo, including your dear grandparents. Please don’t forget about them too.