We’re not usually ones to judge other mums’ parenting choices. But every so often we see something so cockamamie crazy that we think WTF.
And I think we can all agree that this mum’s decision to place her baby on train tracks TO TAKE A PHOTO was not the brightest one.
After all, not only is it incredibly dangerous, but also highly illegal.
No one puts baby on the train tracks
This week the social media world erupted over a photo of a baby innocently sitting smack dab in the middle of a train track in Fremantle, WA. As baby sits on the tracks, a woman (presumably the mum) crouches to take a picture.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this instance, we can’t help but repeat the words WHAT IN THE ACTUAL F WERE YOU THINKING? Over and over and over again.
Off the rail parenting move
Posted on The Bell Tower Times Twitter page, the dumb move has attracted plenty of attention from Twitter users, as well as Public Transport Authority spokesperson David Hynes.
The PTA’s response to the incident? Placing a baby on a working train track is a “galactically stupid” idea.
Although the train tracks in the photo aren’t used by Transperth, freight trains do pass through on it.
“A train travelling at 160kmh covers 43m in a single second – being hit at this speed will almost certainly kill you,” David points out.
Train spotting gone wrong
In addition to the obvious dangers of playing on the train line, there’s the issue of trespassing.
“Being on the tracks or within the rail reserve, without a permit and other than for traversing a pedestrian crossing, is classified as trespassing. We want to remind people about the potentially devastating consequences of being irresponsible and unsafe around the railway,” David says.
Ironically, the photo was staged during Rail Safety Week which runs 13 to 18 August 2018.
While most of us are fully aware of the dangers of train tracks, it would appear not everyone is! So we’re just going to put this here as a reminder. And we’ll add ‘posing your baby on a railway line used by high speed trains” to the Dumb Ways to Die list.
For more scary child-related moments, have a read of why you may never go down a slide with your kid again.