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When does one call the police on carseat issues?

post #1 of 104
Thread Starter 
If you see a person driving down the road with kids in the car who are young enough to be restrained, but aren't, do you call the police?

I have seen this several times in the last few weeks, and my first instinct is to act in the name of safety and call the cops. But I hate to be the crazy lady always calling the police when I see someone not using carseats.

Thoughts?
post #2 of 104
I am not one to meddle, or call the police (actually I never have) - but that is the one subject I am not lax on. If I ever saw it (fortunatley I have not) - I would call in an instance.
Babies/kids are not capable of making the safe decision about car seats, that is why we have to.
post #3 of 104
You know, once I saw something that horrified me. I was behind a pickup truck going at 65 mph down the highway. In the back was a little boy of about age 3 or so, all by himself, standing up. The pickup had no gate in the back, so it was just this tiny little boy standing in the back of a speeding truck, nothing to hold onto but the sides of the open truck bed, not even a gate in the back to hold him in if he started tumbling out. I swear, my blood ran cold. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

So I took down the license plate # and called the police as soon as I got home.

Guess what they said? "There’s no law against letting a child ride in the back of a truck, so there’s nothing we can do." I asked if they could at least contact the driver and explain how unsafe the situation was. Nope. The driver had done nothing against the law.

It really shook my confidence in the ability of the police to actually do something about things like that.
post #4 of 104
Wow. How can that be so? A kid that young would have to be in a car seat, right? That's a law, isn't it? That's horrific. It makes my chest hurt to see people doing that with their dogs.
post #5 of 104
I've done it. I was driving at 75 mph on the highway and had a lady whip past me with about 4 kids standing up in the backseat, and a baby laying on the rear dashboard.
post #6 of 104
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I've done it. I was driving at 75 mph on the highway and had a lady whip past me with about 4 kids standing up in the backseat, and a baby laying on the rear dashboard.
That would have been my family in the 60's. There were 5 of us kids and my favorite place was the rear dashboard when we went in my grandparents big old cadillac. I liked the "wayback" my folks stationwagon. I would never even consider not using a carseat for my son but I do have to say long trips were much more fun before them. I feel bad for my son strapped in his seat for so long when I used to be able to laydown, color, climb around. Of course I will never tell him that!
post #7 of 104
: That's my secret. Dh actually put local police on my speed dial on my cell.. I use it in 2 instances - if children are obviously unrestraining - riding on drivers lap, leaning out windows, etc. Or young children found wandering the neighborhood and their home can't be located. We spend a lot of time outside so we see a lot.
post #8 of 104
I'd call for sure!

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Originally Posted by HollyBearsMom View Post
That would have been my family in the 60's. There were 5 of us kids and my favorite place was the rear dashboard when we went in my grandparents big old cadillac. I liked the "wayback" my folks stationwagon. I would never even consider not using a carseat for my son but I do have to say long trips were much more fun before them. I feel bad for my son strapped in his seat for so long when I used to be able to laydown, color, climb around. Of course I will never tell him that!
That does sound more fun than in my family. of course carseats weren't required but my parents were very strict about seat belts. All three of us would be crammed in the back of a very small car and we had to stay buckled up. Talk about uncomfortable. But I'm not really complaining. I love that my parents were about seat belts, whole grain bread, and EBF when no one else was. My mom still gets on me for not always buckling up in the backseat.
post #9 of 104
Thread Starter 
I loved the all-night drive from Indiana to Florida every year for spring break. Somewhere in TN, we folded down the middle seat of the station wagon and made a big bed in the back. Wonderful memories that my kids will never know.

OK! You have strengthened my resolve. I am gonna rat them out!
post #10 of 104
I would. It might offend someone for a day but it might save a life in the long run.
post #11 of 104
It is unsafe and I don't like it, but I see it ALL the time. I don't call the police because I would hate to sic DFACS on an otherwise good family..or in alot of instances the family could possibly be deported. It seems to be a cultural thing alot of the time.
post #12 of 104
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It is unsafe and I don't like it, but I see it ALL the time. I don't call the police because I would hate to sic DFACS on an otherwise good family..or in alot of instances the family could possibly be deported. It seems to be a cultural thing alot of the time.
I wouldn't want to have anyone deported either, but you cannot use culture as an excuse to break the law. There are some ways that people who move to other countries have to assimilate. I mean, I would not move to France and not expect to have to obey their laws.
post #13 of 104

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: I think I'd call the police right away. That's 100% inexusable! :
post #14 of 104
In my neck of the woods, it is illegal to ride in a vehicle unrestrained (back of the truck bed for instance). Especially now with the "click it or ticket" campaign.
post #15 of 104
I am absolutely : that there are still places where it's legal to ride in the bed of a pick up.
post #16 of 104
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Originally Posted by Mommabelle View Post
It is unsafe and I don't like it, but I see it ALL the time. I don't call the police because I would hate to sic DFACS on an otherwise good family..or in alot of instances the family could possibly be deported. It seems to be a cultural thing alot of the time.
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post #17 of 104
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Originally Posted by Mommabelle View Post
It is unsafe and I don't like it, but I see it ALL the time. I don't call the police because I would hate to sic DFACS on an otherwise good family..or in alot of instances the family could possibly be deported. It seems to be a cultural thing alot of the time.
You do bring up a good point. It seems like DCFS will look for any reason they can to take kids into custody.
post #18 of 104
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Originally Posted by Mommabelle View Post
It is unsafe and I don't like it, but I see it ALL the time. I don't call the police because I would hate to sic DFACS on an otherwise good family..or in alot of instances the family could possibly be deported. It seems to be a cultural thing alot of the time.
That's how I feel, too, although it's less cultural here. I'm not going to sic CPS on a family over a car seat.
post #19 of 104
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That's how I feel, too, although it's less cultural here. I'm not going to sic CPS on a family over a car seat.
You'd rather risk that they could get into an accident with an unrestrained child?
post #20 of 104
I was in Law Enforcement for a few years before I had my son, and nothing irritated us more than seeing a car roaring down the street with the youngins all over the car. We went ticket happy. And after seeing what happens when a car wrecks and the kids aren't strapped in, I feel even more strongly about it, that accident is something I'll never get out of my head.

And I want to smack whatever cop said there was nothing wrong with a 3 year old in the back of a pickup, because there is, a kid that young has to be in a carseat, no exceptions. Most places that still allow you to ride in the back have an age of 14-15 and up, which is still too young for me. >_>
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