Buckle Up, Baby
Written on August 29, 2006 by Kevin.
My wife and I were out driving the other day and I noticed a minivan with those family stickers on the back. I am always a bit curious who is driving a minivan. I guess you could call it competition of fatherhood. When I ended up pulling next to the minivan, I noticed a baby. A baby in the front passengers lap standing there. I am terrible with judging ages but I would have had to guess that the baby was about 9 months old.
I have seen this in the past here and I imagine most other people have as well. No one will ever be able to explain to me a good reason why you shouldn't have your child buckled up. I fully understand that a crying baby can likely be soothed if you pick them up out of their car seats but the cries of a baby in an accident would be much worse.
I called up the non-emergency police here and they patched me over to a different number. This number was 1-800-505-BABY. It is a local number here in Arizona for people to report children that are not properly in car seats. They ask for basic information such as the license plate number, city and where the child was sitting. After calling them up and giving them the necessary information, I wondered what may happen with these parents. Would they get fined?
After getting home I researched the service a bit further and found that they do not actually fine these parents. The service sends a notice to the car owner stating that they were seen driving with a baby not being restrained. They receive a package full of information to explain why it is necessary. People must understand that it is not safe, how is a packet of information going to help this? Why are these parents not fined? I will never understand this.
Never the less, I am now on a mission to find other children in this situation and report the drivers. I have since programmed the number into the cellphone and certainly will be using it often it seems. I am still very curious if other states have this issue as commonly as I see it. I would suggest checking with your local state officials to see if they have a similar number to report situations like this. I guess it may save a few lives or atleast teach the parents that people are watching them.