Levi Brailsford let himself out of the back passenger door of a car after unclipping himself from his car seat.
He fell into the road near the junction of Hollway Road and Stockwood Lane, suffering fatal head injuries, in May.Very sad, awful accident, could have been avoided, but now everyone’s wiser after the fact, and we can move on, right?
The two-year-old's family have organised a petition and poster campaign for "Levi's Law", to demand that adults who carry children in their vehicles are responsible for ensuring that the child locks are on.*sigh*
Well, of course! Not a campaign to raise awareness, a campaign to demand the State take over the tricky business of ensuring that the person chosen to convey your child is a fit one. I mean, can’t leave that to the parents and relatives, can we?
Speaking of relatives:
Levi's grandmother Christine said…Hang on! Wasn’t a grandmother the one who..? Why, yes. Yes, it was.
Is it the same grandmother? Because if so, this is a statement of such monumental chutzpah it fair takes my breath away…
…"The sponsored walk is intended to raise awareness of the importance of child safety, particularly whilst travelling in vehicles.
"We are trying to people aware of the importance(sic) of making sure that child locks are put on the back doors of all vehicles. If they had been put on the vehicle Levi was travelling in, then he would not have opened the door and fallen to his death."So, you are demanding a change to the law to ensure that all vehicles are fitted with child locks? All new vehicles? All old vehicles as well?
Even if you don’t plan to carry children in them?
Even if you don’t have children?
Good grief, this is the rollerblind cord debacle all over again, isn’t it? And thanks to the utter cluelessness and ratings-chasing of the former PR flack that is our dish-faced cretin of a Prime Minister, these people will be calling the shots in future:
"I will never forget meeting the Dowler family in Downing Street to run through the terms of this inquiry with them and to hear what they had been through and how it had redoubled, trebled the pain and agony they'd been through over losing Milly. I'll never forget that, and that's the test of all this," he said.Yes, I know he's talking about press regulation, but think about it. Satisfying the bereaved parents (a very photogenic and middle class set of bereaved parents) is the test. Not whether it's legal. Not whether it's proportionate. But whether it satisfies their need for action.
How long before that attitude spreads to other areas?