This is one of my pet peeves...

  1. It makes me furious when people drive around with kids loose in the car....check this out:


    (Syracuse-AP) -- A two-year-old boy suffered serious injuries in an accident that occurred just minutes after Syracuse police ticketed his father for not having him in a child car seat.
    Daymark Smith was sitting in the front seat when his father's car slammed into a pickup truck at a Syracuse intersection yesterday. The boy suffered severe chest injuries when the air bag deployed. He's in guarded condition at a Syracuse hospital.
    About 20 minutes before the accident, the boy's father, Marcus Kinsey, was stopped at a seat-belt enforcement checkpoint. The officers told the 27-year-old Kinsey to move his son to the back seat, buckle him in, go straight home and not to drive again unless the child was in a safety seat.
    Kinsey apparently disobeyed those orders after driving away. He was ticketed for violating the seat belt law and for having no license and expired insurance.
    Yesterday was the first day of "Buckle Up New York," a statewide safety campaign to crack down on motorists who don't use their seat belts.
    (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   l.rae
    There's certainly n o shortage of morons............LR
  4. by   cactus wren
    Yuppers, one of my pet peeves, too. Along iwth those parents who allow their children to ride a bike, motorcycle, or ATV without a helmet....
  5. by   LoisJean
    Get this one. A couple of months ago I'm driving down a secondary road which was all sharp curves and gravel and this pick up passes me at a high rate of speed....in the back of the pick up are 3 small kids and two dogs bouncing around like crazy. As he is passing me he starts fishtailing--the kids and dogs are being thrown back and forth in the bed of the truck and they are screaming...I am forced to the side of the road to keep from being side-swiped. He continues on and disappears out of sight. So, I get on my cell phone and call the cops, give them the plate number and decription of the truck. It was written up in our court news the next week. The guy was thrown in jail for reckless driving and child endangerment.

    Nothing, but nothing pizzes me off more than things like that.

    Peace,
    Lois Jean
  6. by   CraftyLPN
    I read a story a few years back where a mom was holding her infant child while dad was driving, because the baby was fussy.Unfortunately, the dad had to brake suddenly and the baby flew out her mother's arms and thru the windshield. I would put up w/ the crying or get in the backseat w/ my child.............
  7. by   BadBird
    I agree, all people should be seatbelted especially kids. Just goes to show there are no shortage of idiots. My personal pet peeve is when someone leaves a animal in a car without rolling the windows down in the summer, OMG poor little things just cook to death. I called the police this past summer when I noticed 2 poodles in a van 95 degrees outside and not even a little crack of a window, door was jimmied open, dogs taken to shelter before the ass---e came back to the van, police ticketed him, he had to pay to get his doggies out of the shelter, Good serves him right, I should have locked him in a van without any air. Ok, i'll stop my rant now.
  8. by   KC CHICK
    There is absolutely no reason for a baby, or child, not to be in a car seat. Parents can get the car seat for free from some programs if they can't afford to buy one!! There is also no reason why a child should be left alone in a car.
    I'm thinking about getting a safety belt for my DOG for when we take her in the car with us. Why don't these people think twice about their own kids?

    Anne
    Last edit by KC CHICK on Nov 20, '02
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    any form of child abuse and/or neglect is inexcusable. This is infuriating, but sadly, not surprising. What morons.
  10. by   indynurse
    Would anyone be too surprised if the negligent father didn't turn around and sue the police officer who ticketed him for allowing him to drive without a safety seat or a driver's license???
  11. by   eltrip
    ...Because they believe that they can "catch" their children before they fly through the front window.

    Ah, the arrogance of ignorance!
  12. by   Lausana
    It's even "stupider" that this was a 27 yr old ADULT parent, not some irresponsible kid. Sad. Hope this little one's ok, although with parents like that that's probably a rhetorical thought
  13. by   nurs4kids
    Until we are forced to take an "ignorancy test" prior to being handed our beautiful new babies, this will never change.

    Even though it's a law here, when we d/c a child from the hospital, we can not force the parent's to put them into a car seat.

    I hate to hear someone say, "He/she just won't stay in the carseat". Two problems here, first of all, if a child is placed in a carseat from day one, it's natural to them. Secondly, if the child is PROPERLY placed in the carseat, they can NOT get out without assistance. I'll never forget the day I locked my 1 & 2 yr olds in the car at the gas pump. My 2 yr old knew exactly what she needed to do to unlock the door, but because I had her secured in her carseat, she could not reach the lock. She tried and tried to get out, but couldn't get her arm free. I used to fear my kids would have permanent strap marks on their shoulders because I am so finatical about proper restraints. A few weeks ago, in the chaos of putting two toddlers in the car, I forgot to fasten my 3 yr old's belt. As I started the car, I hear a frantic, "Moooooooom!!!" come from the backseat. It was my 3yr old panicing because she wasn't fastened. We were at a state park on Halloween and we were riding around looking at decorations. She couldn't see from her booster seat, so I unfastened her so she could sit forward (we were moving like 5mph). She was hysterical, wouldn't do it..My mom thinks I may have overdone it a little..lol.

    As for the ATV's and motorcycles and unhelmented kids. There is no excuse, but I do understand the problem with this. Helments are waaaaaaay overpriced. My two frequently ride an ATV and a street bike with my dad. To purchase properly fitting helments for them would cost close to $200..and they'd outgrow them in a year or less. They both wear regular bike helments and it scares the heck out of me. I know you can't place a price on safety, but to run out and spend that kind of money is hard (especially since it's something that only gets occassional use). There is no reason for motorcycle helments to be that expensive, except because there's a law requiring them and the manufacturersKNOW people will pay their price.

    I still think you should be able to make a citizen's arrest for parent's who do not use carseats..
    it drives me crazy.
  14. by   2banurse
    This, too, is a major pet peeve of mine as well as havng children, especially young children sitting in the front seat. My sister is probably an extremist as her 5 y/o still sits in a booster chair and she will not travel by car if she doesn't have the seat. Yet, my nephew is very accustomed to his seat and buckling up which is a very good thing.

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