With the rise of electric rickshaws all across the country, safety has taken a backseat. A similar e-rickshaw incident from Kashipur, Uddham Singh Nagar, Uttrakhand shows how a toddler falls from an e-rickshaw in the middle of a busy road.
The CCTV footage shows a T-point on the road and a City Patrol Unit (CPU) officer handling the traffic. The officer can be spotted directing the traffic on the road. Suddenly an e-rickshaw enters the frame and you can see it is at high speed. As the e-rickshaw takes a hard left turn.
In the video, the toddler falls from the e-rickshaw. It seems like the mother held the toddler in her lap and lost her balance after the e-rickshaw took a hard left turn.
The toddler fell on the road and the vigilant CPU personnel rushes to the spot to save the kid. The officer waved for a bus to stop and jumped to pick up the child from the road. The mother came out running and held the toddler to rush back to her e-rickshaw.
It could have been a gruesome accident if the CPU personnel was not vigilant enough. Bus and other heavy vehicles like trucks have very poor periphery visibility. We doubt that the bus driver even spotted the toddler falling from the e-rickshaw.
Be extra vigilant with children
Unsecured children inside moving vehicles can be susceptible to injuries and incidents like the above. A few years ago, a child fell from a moving car in Kerala. The incident happened somewhere in Kerala and it was recorded on a CCTV camera. The video shows a tight left-hand corner on a double-lane road without any solid divider in it.
A hatchback can be seen entering in the frame and as it takes the corner at a decent speed, a person can be seen falling out of the rear right-hand side door of the vehicle. The child who falls off the vehicle can be seen rolling on the road and opportunely, there is only a motorcycle in the opposite lane. Soon the other vehicles come into the frame and they, fortunately, spot the child on the road and put the brakes in time. The child seems to be fine in the video but we believe that he sustained a few minor injuries.
Use child seats
All the cars sold in India come equipped with child locks. It is important to make use of the feature whenever a child is travelling in the rear seats of the vehicle. A child lock ensures that the rear doors of the vehicle cannot be opened from the inside. It ensures that even if the child fiddles with the door handles, the door would not open. Also, it is important to keep the cabin light in the door-open position. This way, the vehicles that are not equipped with door hazard lamps will turn on the cabin lamp whenever any of the doors are not properly closed.
A child seat or Booster seat is something that most Indians ignore. Since a child is much smaller in size, using the seatbelts alone can hurt the small figure of children. Instead, child seats that hook into the ISOFIX mounts should be used. Various seats are available in the Indian market that suits the age of the child. One should always use the child seats according to the age of the person.
If travelling on a two-wheeler, auto-rickshaw or such e-rickshaws with a child, take extra precautions to ensure that the child is safe and secure while travelling.