Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Forum: Parents must stop putting children in danger in vehicles

All kids should be strapped for their safety

There needs to be increased awareness of the danger of not strapping children safely into proper child seats in the back seats of cars (Driving home child safety; Sept 16).

Recently, I saw a woman lifting her infant out of a child seat which was in the front passenger seat.

It was not a matter of space - it was a spacious continental car and there were no passengers in the back seat - so I cannot understand why she would engage in such a dangerous act as putting her infant in the front seat.

Not too long ago, I reported to the Traffic Police about seeing another woman holding her infant in her lap in the front passenger seat while her husband drove.

At least once, I have seen children standing in the back of moving cars.

I believe I do not need to emphasise how dangerous it is to do this.

As the parent of an infant, I understand that children may scream when their parents try to put them in child seats.

But safety in vehicles is of paramount importance and should supersede any inconvenience or protest.

Wilson Tan Teck Hian


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Action for Aids to give condoms to adults on request

For the first time, non-governmental organisation Action for Aids (AfA) is giving away free condoms to any adult who wants it - instead of distributing only to selected groups of people deemed to be at a higher risk of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes Aids.

Doctors and social workers said the giveaway is a positive move to encourage condom use, as it is a highly effective way of preventing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), when used consistently and correctly.

Dr Tan Kok Kuan, of Dr Tan & Partners, said: "By giving (condoms) to anyone who wants them instead of selected groups, this normalises condom usage. So people wouldn't associate the use of condoms with a certain group of people or a certain lifestyle."


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FairPrice to offer 2% discount on fruit, vegetables on Wednesdays until end of year

NTUC FairPrice will shave 2% off prices for fresh fruit and vegetables once a week until the end of the year.

In a media release, the company said the discount will apply on Wednesdays at all its 143 outlets including FairPrice supermarkets, FairPrice Shop, FairPrice Finest and FairPrice Xtra.

The initiative is estimated to cost S$360,000, FairPrice said, and is aimed at promoting healthier eating among Singaporeans.


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