One of the issues that really riles me up here in Saudi Arabia is the lack of safety concerns in many areas of life. And when it concerns children, I get especially worked up. This photo is not an uncommon scenario in this country. Dad is driving the car. Mom is sitting in the front passenger seat and there is a maid seated in the back seat. And Baby? Well, Baby is happily sitting on Dad’s lap as he drives! I have also seen toddlers of two or three years seated on Dad’s lap, kids sitting on Mom’s lap in the front seat (women cannot drive here), eight-year-old BOYS driving huge SUVs, as well as children hanging out the windows or bopping around all over inside cars as they speed along the roads. Most Saudis NEVER use seatbelts at all, much less car seats for small children – NEVER! I find it sad and maddening that a society that so cherishes its children don’t take preventative measures to keep their children safe in a country that likely ranks near the top of the list in the world for car accidents, and instead rely solely on God’s will to protect them, which obviously doesn’t always work.
About This Blog, and About Me: Susie of Arabia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
Please be sure to also visit my other blog, SUSIE OF ARABIA (formerly SUSIE'S BIG ADVENTURE), which relates my experiences, thoughts, and observations about living in Saudi Arabia.
Join our Facebook group:
Susie of Arabia/BlueAbaya.
EMAIL me at :