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.